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Square-bud primrose flowers

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In the April 19th photograph of Penstemon cobaea along US 183 in Burnet County that you saw yesterday, your eyes might have been drawn to a few hazy patches of yellow in the lower left corner. That bright color came from Calylophus berlandieri, a wildflower that you get a good look at here (and last year you got to see some of these flowers from below.) This plant commonly goes by the names square-bud primrose and sundrops; the former is more literally descriptive, the latter more poetic.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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  1. Nice

    Neeraj Dubey

    May 24, 2014 at 6:04 AM

  2. Sundrop, it is for me.


    May 24, 2014 at 6:32 AM

  3. Stunning shot!


    May 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

  4. Love it and love the color!


    May 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

  5. Fantastic rich yellow and nice petal detail, Steve.

    Steve Gingold

    May 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM

  6. I’m going to have to go with Square-bud primrose…Sponge Bob’s favorite flower!


    May 24, 2014 at 10:06 PM

  7. I was out and about yesterday and found the yellow beach primrose beginning to bloom. They are a cheerful sight, and certainly easy to spot, even from the road. There were some dense patches of gaillardia, too – even more vibrant.


    May 25, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    • I’ve seen the beach evening primrose in wildflower books but never in person. I’m going to have to do some coastal photography one of these days.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 25, 2014 at 10:09 AM

  8. Very pretty! We have a species of primrose here, but it blooms much later in summer.


    May 26, 2014 at 10:36 PM

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