This is a variety of Evening Primrose that grows in my garden. I love it because it opens its petals during the cool of the evening. If you stand before the plant, you will witness magic as the petals of the bloom gradually unfold.
You know the blossoms are about to begin opening when you observe the 5-foot plant slightly shaking.
I tried to capture all the stages of the process last night. The first photo was taken at 8:13 pm CDT and two minutes later the bloom was fully open.
I don't know about you, but I think this is pretty amazing!
The lemony scent perfumes the air and attracts night pollinators.
The bloom stays open all night, but as the morning heats up the petals close and dwindle away; they do not rebloom the following night. But not to worry -- a new crop of buds are ready to charm you each night.
The plant's bloom season begins in June, and if kept watered and fertlized, will continue the night show until September.
The plant readily reseeds.