Showy Primrose; Pink Ladies
Oenothera speciosa, Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae)

The Showy Primrose blooms from March thru July, and we will see many more of these this year. For some reason, they did not begin to bloom in Fern Bluff Park until early April this year. This specimen was photographed near the Tennis Courts on April 7, 2001.

Note the four large rosy pink petals with darker red veins and the yellow basal spot. When the bud first opens, the petals are white, but they quickly turn pink. The ovary is inferior (the sepals, petals and stamens are attached to its top).

In the Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae) the flower parts are in fours and are distinctly separate from one another. The pistil is singular, with a terminal stigma in the form of a four-branched cross. Pollen is enmeshed in cobwebby threads.

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