Sunday, May 17, 2015

Narrowleaf Evening Primrose (Oenothera fruticosa)

April 24th, 2015. We take a road trip to Wilkes County at least four times each year. W volunteers to monitor frog species diversity and numbers on a prescribed route in the county. We take the opportunity to visit different places in the county before we ‘run the frog route’ after dark. Usually, these include

two swamps on Enoch John Road, Fishing Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the Broad River WMA; we return to the beginning of the route via Pistol Creek.
We left the swamps on Enoch John Road and drove down Jones Chapel Road to Fishing Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

We left Fishing Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and drove north along Ohara Standard Road. As we headed towards the Morris Creek crossing…

we saw flashes of yellow in the ditch beside the road.

From the road, we could see that they were Narrowleaf Evening Primrose (Oenothera fruticosa).

The ditch was probably about five feet deep in most places but we found a spot where it was about 30 inches deep. These flowers were in...

perfect condition and it was worthwhile climbing down into the ditch to get...

some close-up shots, and...

it was clear that there were going to be a lot more before these plants finished blooming. 

The plants were blooming along the roadside ditch and, as we got closer to the creek, were blooming out in the field and woods by the road. These were, by far, the nicest Narrowleaf Evening Primrose flowers I have ever seen.

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