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Pink Evening Primrose/ Pink Ladies

Oenothera speciosa


This is a four petaled flower. In our area the flowers are a medium pink color with a yellow center. According to Wikipedia these flowers start out white and turn pink as they age.


"Native Distribution: Originally native only to grasslands of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and northeastern Mexico. Naturalized elsewhere.Native Habitat: Prairies, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas, Hillsides, Slopes, Woodland edges, Forest openings. " * ** We found these flowers growing in an open field next to our playground.


According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center these flowers have many common names (Pink Evening Primrose, Showy Evening Primrose, Mexican Evening Primrose, Showy Primrose, Pink Ladies, Buttercups, Pink Buttercups). Depending on the location flowers may open in the evening and close again in the morning, while other populations of flowers open in the morning and close each evening. These flowers can take full sun, are drought resistant, and are often used as ornamental flowers in gardens and landscapes. Pink Ladies provide seeds to birds and other mammals, and are a source of nectar for bees, moths and other arthropods. Prior to the plant flowering it can be used as a source of food in salads, or cooked as greens. ** sources

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San Antonio, Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 1, 2019
Submitted on Apr 15, 2019

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