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My FIL brought back some 4’oclock seeds from Italy. I planted them along the house and every single one is growing! I’ve read they’re perennial from tubers but in So Cal, do they remain bushes with leaves year round?
 
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In the Bay Area, they don't remain bushy year round, they die to the ground and sprout back up late winter/early spring. I considered them a noxious weed, difficult to eradicate. They reseed prolifically, and grow back from the tubers. But if you like them, enjoy.
 
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Stacy, thank you for that warning. My seedlings are in a small planting bed against the house. A concrete curb about 6” deep partitions this area; on the other side is decomposed granite. I wouldn’t mind them reseeding in the bed but beyond would be a problem.  Do you anticipate the tubers growing deeper than 6 inches, and sprawling under the curb? I could catch stray seeds that fall onto the DG.
 
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Jane - that will likely be fine. I just had a neighbor who liked to plant invasives because he thought it would make his yard easier to maintain, and maybe it was for him. But I spent twenty years battling with his plant choices. The tubers don't go deep, the seeds are large and prolific, kind of like borage.
 
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