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Name the mystery bloom??


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Pat14-Jun-00 03:01 PM EST   
Odette14-Jun-00 03:04 PM EST   
Debbie14-Jun-00 06:43 PM EST   
Pat19-Jun-00 07:09 AM EST   
Debbie19-Jun-00 09:01 AM EST   
Carolyn19-Jun-00 01:47 PM EST   
Pat19-Jun-00 09:21 PM EST   
Debbie22-Jun-00 08:59 AM EST   
Glen28-Jun-00 03:33 PM EST   
Pat29-Jun-00 06:59 AM EST   
Glen29-Jun-00 11:52 AM EST   


Subject: Name the mystery bloom??
From: Pat
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Date: 14-Jun-00 03:01 PM EST

I have been trying to put a name to this flower for years. Dark green leaves almost like dandelion but darkergreen, a bit longer and narrower and sawtooth edge on leaf. Grows up from center like dandelion. Bud comes up through the day on 6 inch stem. Yellow flower, 2 inch across looks a bit like clematis flower but only opens after dusk. When the sun comes out in the morning the bloom withers. Lasts only one night. Any ideas? We have always called it Moon flower but it doesn't fit the description of that flower in any books I've read.


Subject: RE: Name the mystery bloom??
From: Odette
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Date: 14-Jun-00 03:04 PM EST

Sounds like evening primrose.


Subject: RE: Name the mystery bloom??
From: Debbie
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Date: 14-Jun-00 06:43 PM EST

I agree, it sounds like an evening primrose. A neighbour gave me one years ago and I have them all over my yard now. His came from the prairies and he was told that it was a wild flower.


Subject: RE: Name the mystery bloom??
From: Pat
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Date: 19-Jun-00 07:09 AM EST

Sorry but I forgot to say that this flower only grows to a height of 6 inches max. Anything I have read about evening primrose is that it can grow 4 to 6 feet. Also each flower has its own 6" stem from the center of the leaves and the stem is rather pinkish.


Subject: RE: Name the mystery bloom??
From: Debbie
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Date: 19-Jun-00 09:01 AM EST

Some of my newer primrose are about 6" . I have a couple that are about 3 years old now and they get to about 12" and have multiple blossoms (last year I had 10 on one plant)


Subject: RE: Name the mystery bloom??
From: Carolyn
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Date: 19-Jun-00 01:47 PM EST

Evening Primrose belongs to the genus Oenothera which comprise about a hundred varieties. Some are tall, like typical Evening Primrose but there are many short kinds as Debbie mentioned above such as common Sundrops or Suncups which open in the day and spread like weeds.


Subject: RE: Name the mystery bloom??
From: Pat
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Date: 19-Jun-00 09:21 PM EST

Me again. This flower has been growing in my garden now for 20 years and was at my fathers house for 10 years before that. I just wondered if it was brought in by the former owners from India since I couldn't identify it.


Subject: RE: Name the mystery bloom??
From: Debbie
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Date: 22-Jun-00 08:59 AM EST

I was looking through a book on Canadian wild flowers and came across an evening primrose which is the one that I have. It is called Oenothera biennis. Opens rapidly in the evening. Visited by moths throughout the evening which pollinate them. Then the flower dies in the morning. Hope this helps.


Subject: RE: Name the mystery bloom??
From: Glen
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Date: 28-Jun-00 03:33 PM EST

Sounds like it could Oenothera flava, a wildflower that grows wild out here on the prairies. It has long, narrow, deeply incised leaves. Yellow flowers 1-2 inches in diameter. Leaves hug the ground, flower stem rises 4" or so above the leaves.

I have photos of the plant at: http://em.ca/garden/nat_oenothera_flava.html

Have a look and see if it's your plant.


Subject: RE: Name the mystery bloom??
From: Pat
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Date: 29-Jun-00 06:59 AM EST

That's it, Glen. Those are great pictures. Thanks so much. Does it have a common name other than evening primrose or can we keep calling it Moon Flower? Thanks so much.


Subject: RE: Name the mystery bloom??
From: Glen
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Date: 29-Jun-00 11:52 AM EST

The common name listed in Budd's Flora of The Canadian Prairie Provinces is quite a mouthful - Yellow Lavauxia. I know one person in Regina who grows this, he's a native plant enthusiast (make that fanatic), who wild collected seed for the plant, then grew the plant from seed. He just calls it an Evening Primrose, or Oenothera flava.

I have also seen pictures of Oenothera acaulis in a seed catalogue, and it looks almost identical to Oenothera flava. I don't know if there are two botanical names for the same plant - this sometimes happens - a plant has an old botanical name and later given a newer botanical name which is supposed to replace the old name. I can't find any info on Oenothera acaulis, don't know where it's native to, I would guess North America.

I like your name for it - Moon Flower.


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