Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis), Dolly Sods Wilderness, Tucker County, West Virginia, USA

Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis), Dolly Sods Wilderness

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Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

The Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) is a member of the Onagraceae or Evening Primrose family.  This is a short-lived biennial or perennial which can grow up to 6-feet tall.  The leaves, which grow to 8-inches long, are sessile, sometimes toothed, often wavy on the edges.  The plant has flower clusters at the end of a stiff spike with pale yellow tubular flowers that have four petals to 1-inch in length.  The flowers open at twilight.   This  wildflower is found in dry open places throughout the US and southern Canada.  It flowers from June to October.


  1. Nice details and colors Mark. Especially like the light shining in the left flower.

  2. Really lovely shot Mark. Wonderful light and I love the detail & sharpness on the buds.

  3. Interesting! Well captured and captioned!

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