Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Tufted Evening Primrose.
Evening Primrose (Onagraceae) family.
The flowers are nocturnal and open in the evening and then close the following morning. The flowers are up to 2 inches (5 cm) across and have 4 broad, notched, heart-shaped petals that turn a pinkish color as they age and wilt. The leaves are solid grayish green to variably spotted with red-brown, oblanceolate in shape, deeply toothed or pinnately lobed except near the leaf tips, and in a flattened basal rosette. The first leaves may not be lobed, while the later leaves are typically very deeply lobed.
This specimen was found within twenty feet of both a Hooker's Evening Primrose and a Mustard Evening Primrose (under a shade tree) alongside the highway.
Santa Catalina Mountains.
Location: Shoulder of Catalina Highway 0.25 mile from Prison Camp turnoff at 4700 ft; GPS: 32.33872, -110.71206.
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