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Oenothera speciosa (Pinkladies)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Onagraceae
Genus: Oenothera
Species: O. speciosa
Binomial name: Oenothera speciosa
Common names: Pinkladies, Pink ladies, Pink evening primrose, Showy evening primrose, Mexican primrose, Amapola.

Oenothera speciosa is a species of evening primrose. It is a herbaceous perennial wildflower native to the U.S. A
It frequently escapes from gardens. While it makes an attractive garden plant, care should be taken with it as it can become invasive, spreading by runners and seeds.
During summer into early autumn, it produces single, four-petaled, cup-shaped flowers on the upper leaf axils. These fragrant shell-pink flowers bloom throughout the. The >5 cm flowers start out white and grow pink as they age. The flower throats, as well as the stigmas and stamens, have a soft yellow colour. It blooms both day and night, but typically in the pre-dawn hours, closing when the full sun hits them. 





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