Pink Evening Primrose (Oenothera Rosea) goes by many names, but it an easy to grow, pretty pink flower. It rewards me every year with it’s lovely pink color.
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Pink Evening Primrose
When I googled what to call these pretty pink flowers, I found that they go by many names. You might also know them as Pink Evening Primrose, Showy Evening Primrose, Mexican Evening Primrose, Show Primrose, Pink Ladies, Buttercups, and Pink Buttercups.
Twenty Years Ago
About 20 years ago (!) my three daughters were out playing in the neighborhood. They came running home, clutching some wilted pink flowers in their sweaty little hands. Not cut flowers, not lovingly dug up flowers, but flowers that looked like they had been yanked from the ground like weeds. Bare roots torn and dangling with flower heads drooping sadly.
They were so excited. A neighbor had given them the flowers to plant in my garden. I silently cursed the neighbor, because obviously they were not going to survive. I would need to find some at a local nursery and do a switch so the girls would not be disappointed.
Turns out I had nothing to worry about. These beauties have been going strong for over 20 years! They are so easy to grow and drought resistant. They have a main blooming in early summer and then new plants shoot up for a spattering of blooming later in the season.
Some people find them invasive, here’s a funny article from Southern Living – If You Value Your Yard and Life Don’t Plant This. I don’t have any problems with it. If it seems to be taking over a bit, I just yank it out where I don’t want it.
Plant Pairings Pink Evening Primrose and Irises
You can see that it happily shares a bed with my purple iris. People walking in my neighborhood, stop to ask me what it is. I don’t hesitate to reach down, grab a handful and pull them up saying, “Here, enjoy.”
Have you seen my other garden posts this summer?