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Fragrant Evening Primrose

Oenothera stricta

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Myrtales
Family:
Onagraceae (Willowherb)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Annual, Biennial or Perennial
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Habitats:
Beaches, sand dunes, seaside.

Flower:
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Yellow, 4 petals
 
Large, floppy, yellow flowers. Most flowers are smaller than their maximum size but they can reach up to 6cm across. The style is roughly equal in height to the anthers. The tip of the flower spike is usually red and the buds are also sometimes red. The sepals are striped red.
Fruit:
A long, narrow, cylindrical fruit pod. Hairy and widest above the middle.
Leaves:
The leaves make this Evening Primrose easily distinguishable from the rest. The dark green leaves are lance-shaped, narrow and linear. The margins of the leaves have small triangular teeth which are evenly well-spaced. The stems are often tinted red.
Aroma:
Fragrant Evening Primrose is a fragrant flower.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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