Pink Evening Primrose
The pink evening primrose is in the genus Oenothera, and in the species speciosa. It is a perennial wildflower that is native to southeastern United States. The pink evening primrose is also known as pinkladies, showy evening primrose, Mexican primrose and amapola.
The fragrent flowers have four petals and are cup shaped. From the stem outward, the petals are a mix of green and yellow, then to a cream color, and finally to a soft shade of pink. The veins in the petals are visibly lined with a darker pink. The flowers are about three inches wide.
The stems of pink evening primrose can grow to about twenty inches tall. The leaves alternate up the stems and grow to about 4 inches long and a couple inches wide, tapering at the ends. The edges of the leaves are toothed and somewhat wavy.
The pink evening primrose begins to bloom in spring, and continues into July. During the fall, the plant dies back to the ground. The pinkladies like full sun and they are drought resistant.
Pinkladies make wonderful naturalizers. They are often planted along roadsides, in meadows, or in other open areas rather than flower gardens because they can be invasive. Another reason for planting them away from gardens is that they tend to attract several insect species, especially moths. They are able to spread in two ways, from seeds and by their roots.