Oenothera biennis, Common Evening Primrose
Native to eastern North America, from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico,
it has been introduced and naturalized all across the continent and into Europe.
It is sometimes called Evening Star or Sun Drop.
A biennial, it spends a year establishing itself, and then blooms in the second year.
It puts up a tall bloom stalk and opens a few buds each evening.
It is very interesting to watch the buds as they suddenly pop open at sunset.
On a cloudy day the blooms may remain open until noon.
X is for..."X marks the spot"
Notice the greenish cross in the center of the bloom.
X marks the spot for pollinators!
Moths, butterflies, and bees are the primary pollinators, but
Hummingbirds may occasionally visit, too.
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