Asked on Aug 22, 2012

Help. Does anyone know what this plant is?

Sue KieneToni TeagueJean Adams


It's flowers are yellow with four petals, and the leaves are similar to dandelions in appearance. This plant blooms only at night and each blossom lasts only one night.
the leaves and buds
overall of plant form
close up of flower.
11 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Aug 23, 2012

    It looks like evening primrose (Oenothera albicaulis).

  • Katrina R
    on Aug 23, 2012

    Yes! Thank you Doug! I googled your information and it seems to match the prairie evening primrose. I will be bringing it in for sure when the temp. starts to drop.I don't think a desert plant would be too happy in my NY snow.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Aug 24, 2012

    They're usually an annual, Katrina, so it may not make it through the winter even if you bring it in.

  • Katrina R
    on Aug 24, 2012

    oh no, can I try to keep seeds from it?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Aug 25, 2012

    You can. That's how it works in nature!

  • Katrina R
    on Aug 25, 2012

    Thanks Doug, I'll give it a try.

  • Freda
    on Sep 23, 2013

    It sounds like a Moon Flower. They bloom only at night and last only one night per bloom.

  • Joanne Menke
    on Sep 25, 2013

    We also call them Moon Flower, and they winter over with no problem in Rochester, NY... fun to watch the flower start to shake and pop open within a minute right about dusk! I video taped it happening and it is very cool!

  • Jean Adams
    on Apr 1, 2014

    The lady who gave me one said it was mentioned in the Bible, but where? I cannot find it. Thanx

  • Toni Teague
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Although these are considered annuals they are what are know as self seeding plants, The seeds that fall to the ground will plant themselves in the soil and bring you new plants for the following year. Please use caution when cleaning up your fall foliage and leave the clean up to the folling spring or your might remove all of your self sown seeds.

  • Sue Kiene
    on Jun 25, 2016

    They do not reseed themselves in all locations. I live near the Ohio Michigan border and we have to treat them like annuals. If you want them next year you have to take one of the seed pods in and plant them again in the spring.

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