Friday, April 9, 2010

Missouri primrose (Oenthera macrocarpa)

 As the sun sinks, the flowers open, mini-suns for the night.

Missouri primrose is a native perennial of rocky prairies and hillsides from Tennessee to Texas...
and the wild spaces in our Hill Country yards and hearts.

Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.


  1. I just love these - we used to call them buttercups when I was growing up. We declared it good luck to find the yellow flowers rather than the more common pink primroses so abundant around Austin.

  2. I swear, the small, sweet flowers can break your heart.

  3. We have some of these, out in the grove. They're beautiful little flowers.

    I hope things didn't get hurt by last night's cold. Hope these temperatures are over.

    Thanks for sharing,

  4. It has only been a few years that I let one of these "weeds" at the edge of my garden grow long enough to let their lovely pale yellow flowers grace the evening hours. Now they have seeded themselves in the paths and I have them through the summer.

    All of your wild flower pictures are so beautiful and I love the Yard Art idea. I'll put a picture up of my little "arty" space. Thanks for starting that blog dialogue.
    x0 N2

  5. Just as I'm missing the season's first racks of plants at my old workplace, I can come here ... and breathe in all the varied wonders.

  6. They are so pretty Kathleen, such a lovely yellow. xoxo ♥

  7. Looking at the leaves underneath those lovely blooms, I may be guilty of unwittingly pulling some of those out of the ground, thinking they were weeds!


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