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.

3 Comments

  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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