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image: Tufted Evening-Primrose
Photograph from Lewis and Clark Herbarium/Academy of Natural Sciences
Tufted Evening-Primrose
(Gumbo Evening-Primrose, Gumbo Lily)

Oenothera caespitosa



First Noted by Expedition
July 17, 1806, at Great Falls, Montana.
 

Description
Rosettes of oblong leaves with pointed tips subtend tufted evening-primrose's flower stalks. Each large, white flower has four, heart-shaped petals and eight yellow stamens. The flowers open in late afternoon, close the next morning, and wither to pink or red-violet. Lateral roots may give rise to new perennial plants. Height: 4-6 in (10-15 cm).
 

Habitat
Dry buttes, exposed hillsides, and open woods.
 

Range
Washington to western North Dakota, south to southern California and New Mexico.
 

Note
Species information from enature.com
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