New Mexico evening primrose
Arizona and New Mexico
Between 1 and 2 feet
Woodland, mesas, canyons, riparian places, up to 7,500 feet
Lanceolate, 2 to 3 inches long, with wavy, shallow-lobed edges
Flowers of oenothera neomexicana can be pale pink, but white is the usual color. The branched, pinkish stems may be upright, angled or grow close to the ground, and they bear many leaves, characterized by wavy, lobed edges. Leaves have a covering of very short, rough hairs while the stems have somewhat longer hairs. Flowers are composed of four sepals, usually fully recurved, beneath four large petals, initially pure white, becoming pink as they start to wither. The lower part of the petals are greenish yellow. The flower center contains a four-pronged style and eight stamens, with the yellow anthers attached in their middle.