Night blooming yellow wildflower

marti_(9b So. Ca.)July 20, 2008

Does anyone know of a wildflower that blooms at night. I no longer have it, but I would sure love to know the name or get some seeds. It grows about 3 to 4 feet high and late evening you can actually watch the flowers open before your eyes. It is so fun for children to see. It has pure yellow blooms which go away when the morning sun comes up. Hope someone knows of this plant so they can help me find it.

Thank you so much


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Is this it,a night blooming cereus?? I've only seen it in white,with some yellow in the center,

    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 6:38PM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

Evening primrose- Oenothera biennis

Here is a link that might be useful: Oenothera biennis

    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 7:32PM
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gardenerme(z9/21 inland socal)

Be careful about planting it. It is extremely invasive.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 9:38AM
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marti_(9b So. Ca.)

Thanks for the information! I think it must be the evening primrose. I looked at some photos. Seems like there are quite a few varities, but one of the photos looks like what I may have had. The plant I had was not at all invasive. Thanks again!!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 7:08PM
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lemecdutex(z15 CA Petaluma)

My grandmother had that going in her garden back in Texas. When I visited with her as a kid, we'd make sure to go out at just the right time in the evening to watch them unfurl. I remember being thrilled each time I saw it. I'd love to have them again here in remembrance of those days. She's the one who really encouraged my gardening passion.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 12:51AM
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wanda(Z9 CA)

Maybe it's O. acaulis. I think that species is pretty dramatic in it's unfurling and gets about the right height.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 1:17AM
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lemecdutex(z15 CA Petaluma)

I found the one my grandmother grew, or it sure looks like it to me: Oenothera erythrosepala. I kept thinking the others I've seen didn't look quite right, but this one was exactly how I remembered, including the touch of red, and the foliage. It was perennial for her, made a mound of foliage all winter, then shot up in Spring to make the 4' or so stalks, with blooms ringing them near, but not at the top.

I think I'll try to find some seeds or plants of that. She had a friend who collected unusual plants, so maybe she got it from him.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 1:49AM
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