Large yellow flowers each open for a day. The Kemper portrait linked below describes O. macrocarpa as a sprawling plant, which makes me believe ours is probably not quite the same thing: the ones growing in our garden grow strongly upright, with long slender leaves unlike those of most other evening primroses. The burgundy buds are quite ornamental in their own right.
||Missouri evening primrose
||ordinary garden soil (drought-tolerant)
||germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
|Even though the flowers last only a day in their yellow form, the spent flowers, reminding me of orange handkerchiefs, lend a touch of Dr Seuss sensibility ||
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|Christa Stengel||Sep 18, 2009||You are right: Oenothera macrocarpa syn. missouriensis has a prostrate growing habit; its flowers, larger than the ones depicted above, appearing on top of the trailing stems lie directly on the ground.
Also, there is a flashy aquatic member of the onagraceae family named Iussiaea grandiflora. Amazingly, this plant seems not to be contained in your selection of plants although it is a native of the south eastern United States. With its multitude of large bowl-shaped, though short-lived yellow flowers it is a real asset to the pond, an incessant late-summer bloomer. It forms long trails floating on the water surface; the flowers are produced on short, erect stems about 10-20 centimeters above the water. It is the kind of plants I like best for my garden in USDA zone 7a: having exotic looks, yet easy to grow (surviving even harsh winters with the pond completely frozen) but not commonly known, thus providing an exclusive sight. |
Thanks for the recommendation, Christa. It looks like this is commonly classified as a species of Ludwigia; I'll put it on my list of plants to try.
- Seed from '04 trade. Baggy 70F (45%G, 6-24d). Exposure to light after 24d did not increase germination.
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