Oenothera macrocarpa, O. missouriensis, Missouri Primrose.

Oenothera macrocarpa, O. missouriensis, Missouri Primrose. One of the most spectacular Ozark wildflowers, happy in limestone glades. The large flower opens at dusk, last overnight then fade away in bright sunlight. This beautiful large wildflower is easily grown from seed. The genus name Oenothera signifies having the odour of wine, oinos and theera. Frederick Pursh in his classic Flora Americae Septentrionalis (volume 2, 1816, p. 734), writes: "This species exceeds in size and beauty of its flowers any other one known; they are of a bright yellow, very large, and open about five o'clock in the evening.

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