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Pink evening primrose colony

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On the afternoon of March 27th we were beginning our long trek home from Floresville on US 181 when I noticed a colony of pink evening primroses (Oenothera speciosa) in the fringe between the highway and the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy. There was no help for it but to turn around at the first opportunity and go back to take pictures of the wildflowers. Beyond the pink evening primroses you can see a few phlox flowers and Indian paintbrushes.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 31, 2019 at 4:39 AM

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  1. I used to have many pink evening primrose around, but the last years they’ve dwindled away. I guess I will have to be happy looking at your beautiful photograph to enjoy any this year. Mine seem to have vanished.

    Littlesundog

    March 31, 2019 at 6:40 AM

  2. Absolutely, that sight required turning around fo a better look. This plant is very pretty in pink, compared to our yellow variety.

    melissabluefineart

    March 31, 2019 at 8:31 AM

    • We have several yellow-flowering species of evening primroses here too. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website says the pink species was “originally native only to central grasslands from Missouri and Nebraska south through Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas to northeastern Mexico.” That was already a pretty broad range, but at

      https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=OESP2

      you can see how much it has expanded. Pink evening primroses have even been reported up by you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 31, 2019 at 9:37 AM

      • Holy cow, so they have! I hope I see them here. Looks like they extend to North Carolina, too. Since I maybe can’t have the west coast, I’m looking into the east coast and am finding some encouraging house prices there. Shhhh……

        melissabluefineart

        April 1, 2019 at 9:19 AM

        • I’ve heard that in the country as a whole it’s becoming a buyer’s market now, so good luck.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 1, 2019 at 9:32 AM

          • Really? Woohoo!

            melissabluefineart

            April 1, 2019 at 11:01 AM

              • Just to amuse myself, I keep several homes saved in a realtor.com account all over the country. I’ve noticed lately that they are staying unsold for a very long time now and I’m getting occasional notices that a price has dropped. That, of course, would make it harder to sell the house we have although we’re told we are in a desirable neighborhood.

                melissabluefineart

                April 2, 2019 at 9:52 AM

  3. Indeed, there was nothing else you could have done in this case.

    Bernadette

    March 31, 2019 at 8:39 AM

    • I’m glad you agree. That said, we saw so many good stands of wildflowers as we drove around that day that I couldn’t stop for them all. I hadn’t till then seen a good bunch of pink evening primroses, and that provided the motivation.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 31, 2019 at 9:40 AM

  4. It’s been intriguing to watch the growth of the colonies down here. When I drove TX 35 last week, the pink primrose were around, but not widespread. Yesterday, they stretched along the road almost continually: mostly pink, but with some white colonies interspersed. You found an especially nice patch, without the grassy interruptions in the swath of flowers that sometimes occurs.

    shoreacres

    March 31, 2019 at 9:12 AM

  5. What a fantastic spring you Texans are having. We’ve only got Green With Envy, so far. Looking forward to April. 😃

    Robert Parker

    March 31, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    • For the past two weeks it’s been fantastic in various locales a couple of hours southwest of Austin. I’m hoping that as the spring keeps moving north we’ll get hit with the same lushness in and around Austin. Sorry the only color for you in Milwaukee so far is green with envy.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 31, 2019 at 4:03 PM

  6. Now, that is more like it. These look like our natives, except on flat ground.

    tonytomeo

    April 2, 2019 at 12:51 AM

  7. Only the yellow variety around here as far as I know. I never tried but wonder if they can be used to check for butter fondness like a buttercup. Wouldn’t mind them colonizing around here.

    Steve Gingold

    April 3, 2019 at 4:10 AM


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