Jul. 14, 2022

southern beeblossom, Oenothera simulans

Southern beeblossom distinguishes itself with its colorful buds. The combination of red sepals and white petals is eye catching. At least it is if you happen to catch it in the brief period it's open in daylight. Perhaps the contrast between white and dark helps guide the night time pollinators. Beeblossoms were formerly genus Gaura until DNA analysis revealed their close relationship to evening-primroses. Southern beeblossom is found in AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, and SC. Hillsborough Co FL, 1/24/13. Willowherb family, Onagraceae.