When is a common flower not so common? When it’s a little tricky to ID.
Last year, this chipper yellow flower was a fixture on our lot. This year not so much due to landscaping. Common Evening Primrose spruces up corners and meadows all over the place as early as mid-June. Its blossom comprises four separate, overlapping petals with little notches in the middle of them. Inside is one stigma and five or five stamen. It isn’t particularly fragrant.
Looking at it from the top, you can observe its habit of growing in a slightly spiral pattern.
Oenothera biennis, aka Common Evening Primrose, grows wild across much of North America, with regional variations. For instance, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at wildflower.org notes that it has a soft lemon scent.
Wildflowers — identification guide — Discover Life. (n.d.). Retrieved September 05, 2016, from http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Wildflowers
Common Evening Primrose. (n.d.). Retrieved September 05, 2016, from http://oceanscape.aquarium.org/explore/species/common-evening-primrose
NPIN: Native Plant Database, Oenothera biennis. (n.d.). Retrieved September 05, 2016, from http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=OEBI