Photographer: Jan Anderson
Oenothera villosa Thunb.
Oenothera: from Greek oinos, "wine," and thera, "to imbibe," because an allied European plant was thought to induce a taste for wine
villosa: Latin for "with hairs"
|Plant: ||erect, biennial/perennial, 2'-6' tall forb, often with dense, grayish hairs|
|Flower: ||yellow, 4-parted, 3/4"-2" wide; inflorescence a stiff, terminal, usually unbranched spike; blooms July-Oct.|
|Fruit:||capsule thickest near the base; seeds without tufts of hair at the top|
|Leaf:||lance-like to oblong, alternate|
|Habitat: ||dry to moderate moisture; fields, prairies|
|Notes: ||very similar to O. biennis, O. parviflora, and O. oakesiana|