Index- plants in this Family
Onagraceae / Evening Primrose
Biennial Beeblossom (Gaura biennis)
Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a biennial which can reach a height of 3 Meters (10 feet ) . Often branched and shrub-like.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Each leaf has irregular shallow teeth.
Flowers: The flowers have 4 Regular Parts and are up to 2cm wide (0.8 inches). They are white fading to light pink. Blooms first appear in early summer and continue into mid fall. The petals are not exactly radial in symmetry being grouped toward the top of the flower. The sepals are reflexed.
Fruit: A 4 sided closed pod with dull angles.
Habitat: Open areas; meadows, prairies, glades. Often disturbed ground and waste places.
Range: From Minnesota to Massachusetts south to northern Mississippi and Georgia.

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Similar Species: There are at least three other species of Gaura found in our area. Southern Beeblossom, Gaura angustifolia is a smaller plant distinguished by the sharp angles on the fruit. Threadstalk Gaura, Gaura filipes is also smaller, to 2 m (6.5') high. It is recognized by the thin pedicels, less than 0.5mm wide. Velvetweed,Gaura mollis formerly considered Small Flowered Gaura, Gaura parviflora is usually hairy and has tiny self-pollinating flowers, petals only 3mm (0.12") long. There are many other species of Gaura in the western U. S. and some may be found in the western part of our area.




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The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Rosidae
Rose
||Family
Onagraceae
Evening Primrose
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Gaura
Beeblossom

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