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Mystery night blooming plant


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Sylvia Evans13-Jun-00 09:57 PM EST   
Jude13-Jun-00 11:47 PM EST   
Debbie14-Jun-00 08:33 AM EST   
John Vandenberg15-Jun-00 11:55 PM EST   
Debbie16-Jun-00 08:46 PM EST   
JDB17-Jun-00 05:24 PM EST   
Debbie22-Jun-00 09:03 AM EST   
Nina Aprile25-Jun-00 09:42 AM EST   
Wilma28-Jul-00 08:28 PM EST   


Subject: Mystery night blooming plant
From: Sylvia Evans
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Date: 13-Jun-00 09:57 PM EST

A neighbor was given a plant and does not know what it is. It blooms at night - this time of year - the yellow blooms open so fast it is like watching time lapse photography. It is more of a stalk than a vine. Does anyone know what it is?


Subject: RE: Mystery night blooming plant
From: Jude
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Date: 13-Jun-00 11:47 PM EST

Have you checked out 4 O'Clocks? They come in yellow... are stocky.... and depending on the lighting, up in the evening.


Subject: RE: Mystery night blooming plant
From: Debbie
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Date: 14-Jun-00 08:33 AM EST

It sounds like my evening primrose. It came from the prairies and I believe it is a wild flower. It opens at dusk and is yellow and can have multiple blossoms on one plant. The leaves remind me of dandelion leaves. I now have them all over my yard. Hope this helps.


Subject: RE: Mystery night blooming plant
From: John Vandenberg
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Date: 15-Jun-00 11:55 PM EST

Sylvia.When the plant you have grows 4feet and higher you have the wild flower oenothera or evening primrose it is only hardy to zone 9 or 10 but it wil self seed as a biennial so this year you get the seedlings and next year they wil flower they are allso invasive.John


Subject: RE: Mystery night blooming plant
From: Debbie
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Date: 16-Jun-00 08:46 PM EST

Hi John, my primrose only gets to about 12-14" in height. It resembles a dandelion plant (leaves and root) until it blooms. Lemon yellow blossoms open at dusk and fade in the morning. Have you ever heard of this one? Thanks.


Subject: RE: Mystery night blooming plant
From: JDB
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Date: 17-Jun-00 05:24 PM EST

Funny, I was just reading a passage from Des Kennedy's book. It was a passage on the opening of the bloom of the evening primrose. Sounds like thats what you have!!


Subject: RE: Mystery night blooming plant
From: Debbie
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Date: 22-Jun-00 09:03 AM EST

The evening primrose that I have is a Oenothera Biennis, opens rapidly in the evening, is visited by moths during the evening which pollinate them and then the flower dies in the morning. Finally found it in a book on Canadian Wild Flowers.


Subject: RE: Mystery night blooming plant
From: Nina Aprile
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Date: 25-Jun-00 09:42 AM EST

It sounds like oenothera triloba to me. Great plant, easy to grow, perennial and self-seeds.


Subject: RE: Mystery night blooming plant
From: Wilma
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Date: 28-Jul-00 08:28 PM EST

A friend just gave me a plant that looks like a cross between a thistle and a dandelion, and sports yellow blooms in the evening. It's identified as being an Oenothera triloba, with the common name of Texas evening primrose. It's winter hardy in zone 4 (it comes from another friend's garden in Ste-Anne-des-Monts, Qu├ębec, cold country,,,) Is this species as invasive as the native species?


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