|Scientific Name||Oenothera laciniata||USDA PLANTS Symbol||OELA|
|Common Name||Cut-leaf Evening Primrose||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||27371|
|Family||Onagraceae (Evening Primrose)||SEINet
|Description||Habitat: Dry, usually sandy soils in fields, roadsides and waste areas.
Plant: Reclining to ascending annual 2 to 10 inches tall; simple or branched from base with stems up to 24 inches long; somewhat hairy foliage.
Leaves: Alternate stem leaves, elliptic to oblanceolate, pinnately-cleft into rounded lobes, or sometimes wavy-edged or toothed, 1 to 2 inches long and about 1/2 inch wide.
Inflorescence: Arising from the upper leaf axils, solitary, small (relative to others in the genus) flowers, 1/4 to 1-inch across, with 4 heart-shaped yellow petals, maturing pink or red; 8 yellow stamens and prominent yellow stigma; 4 reflexed sepals beneath; floral tube 5/8 to 1-1/4 inches long; flower opens in the evening.
Bloom Period: March to October.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, Wildflower Center and SEINet.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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