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Missouri Primrose was the three-year old daughter of a Kansas City woman, who had contracted the virus from a mosquito bite in El Salvador. Over the course of her three years, she grew more than a hundred pounds and never left her bedroom.The approximately 140 evening primroses – also known as sundrops – belong to the Onagraceae family and are all New World species that have become widely naturalized around the planet. Europe alone is said to have more than 80 species that have been introduced in the past 500 years. As a genus, it probably originated in Mexico and has spread north into the United States and south into South America. Evening primroses are early colonizers of disturbed sites, but most do not persist long if competition with other species is keen. They are not at all closely related to true primroses.
This evening primrose is an herbaceous perennial that has a stout, fleshy root system that can persist for many years. It has a sprawling habit and grows to 10 inches tall with a spread of about 2 feet. It has narrow, gray-green leaves to 4 inches long. The large, floppy, four-petaled bright yellow flowers are slightly fragrant, upward facing and to 4 inches across. Individual flowers persist but one day, opening in the evening and withering with the heat of the day.Missouri evening primrose is a sprawling herbaceous perennial with multiple stems that trail along the ground. Often seen festooning the tops of bluffs and rocky road cuts. Blooms May through August. Flowers are solitary, very large (up to 4 inches wide), 4-petaled, and bright lemon yellow. Often there are many blooming at once, making this a very showy plant. The flowers last only a day, usually opening in late afternoon and staying open until the next morning. Leaves are narrow and lance-shaped.
Certainly one of the most beautiful of evening primroses. Clear-yellow, paper-thin blossoms up to 5 in. across appear June to September. Sprawling plants grow to 12 in. tall. Leaves are soft and velvety. Winter hardy to zone 4. Grow Missouri evening primrose with gaillardia, Blue Queen salvia, Fuji Blue balloon flower, Blue Select fescue, and Telham Beauty campanula.Dwarf Evening Primrose is also known as Missouri Evening Primrose. This tap-rooted perennial produces large, clear yellow flowers that stay open only one day. Plants, however, have a long bloom time, from mid-June through August. Plants are native to the southern and central United States and typically found in poor soils on prairies, cliffs, hillsides, and slopes. Full to partial sun and well-drained soils with dry conditions are preferred. (Source: www.applewoodseed.com)