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Oenothera sp.

Oenothera sp.
evening primrose
Faded flower

Common name evening primrose
Family onagraceae
Life cycle
Flowers white (early summer)
Size 8"

A few of this evening primrose volunteered in my seedling nursery area. I recall seeing it, or something very similar, before, but it doesn't look like any other Oenothera species that I've documented on my web pages. It is somewhat similar to O. pallida, with its white flowers, but the foliage is different (with a quite lax habit), and the flowers on these plants lack a greenish center. Also, O. pallida keeps its flowers open longer than the ones pictured here, which open at dusk (hence the lack of good open-flower photos) and are spent by the next morning, by which time the limp petals have turned a lovely shade of old pink. If you know what it might be, please use the comment form below to fill me in!

Oenothera sp.
Twisty pointy bicolor buds
evening primrose
Four-ribbed, slightly hairy developing seedpods
Oenothera sp.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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