Mar. 21, 2017

beach evening-primrose, Oenothera drummondii

Many species of evening-primroses have white flowers. Many of those become pink as they age. Typically, yellow flowered species do not change color. This is the only yellow flowered one I have seen that can develop red pigment as it ages. If my observations are correct, not all of the beach evening-primroses do it. When it happens, it produces this very attractive salmon color. I happened to find this one when I had to stop to get the air conditioning recharged. It did moderate the aggravation a little. These flowers are about an inch or a little more across. They grow in open, often sandy ground in FL, LA, NC, SC, and TX. Polk Co FL, 3/16/16