White Mexican Primrose
Oenothera speciosa
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose) Family


Plant is an upright, hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is roadsides, fields and waste sites. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; consisting of one whole part; no leaf stalk; widest at the middle to oblong or lance-like; no teeth to a few scattered along the upper margin; occasional pinnately lobed.

Flowers are in a terminal cluster; bisexual; symmetrical. Calyx is tubular; four petals; white to pink; four stamens. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

These evening primroses are sometimes called buttercups and the white variation may be called Missouri Primrose in error.

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