Oenothera speciosa
(Showy Evening Primrose)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Showy Evening Primrose, Pink Ladies
    Synonyms:Hartmannia speciosa, Oenothera delessertiana
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - July
    Status: Native

Oenothera speciosa, or Showy Evening Primrose, is native to the south-central United States, but it has now been introduced into the eastern and southwestern US as well. It grows in dry prairies, meadows, fields and along roadsides. It blooms in late spring to early summer, with a profusion of pink flowers. This species is widely cultivated and used to make hybrids that are sold at many garden centers, some of these produce blooms for most of the summer.

This species is easily recognized by its large pink flowers - nearly all other species in this genus have white or yellow flowers. More information will be posted at a later time about the close lookalike species.

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