Plant ID forum: Biennial Beeblossom (Oenothera gaura)

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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Chillybean
Aug 2, 2015 2:25 PM CST
This is another plant we've been mowing around, but unlike the the other mystery, which stayed upright, this one has gone flop for the most part. Possibly from our heavy rains.

There's an insect on it, but I will ask about that on the correct forum. I only see them on this plant. These flowers are interesting, but are they white, or would you call them red?
Thumb of 2015-08-02/Chillybean/3484be

Here's a close-up of the flowers, if this helps.




Thank you.


Name: Rob
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plantrob
Aug 2, 2015 4:41 PM CST
Don't know about the plant, but I think the insect is a stilt bug, genus Jalysus.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Aug 3, 2015 4:28 PM CST

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It's a type of gaura, probably either Longflower Beeblossom (Oenothera filiformis) or Velvety Gaura (Oenothera curtiflora) .
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Chillybean
Aug 4, 2015 10:12 AM CST
I just noticed... these are no longer the genus Gaura? Is this a recent change?

A friend thinks these are the Velvety Gaura, but going back there today, a bloom has opened at some point, but it was all white. Could be fading since I wasn't back there yesterday. The flower looks smaller than the Biennial beeblossom I already have.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 4, 2015 10:53 AM CST
This shows a photo of Velvety Gaura with pale pinkish-white blooms: http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/taxa/index.php?taxon=723
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Aug 4, 2015 11:34 AM CST

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Chillybean said:I just noticed... these are no longer the genus Gaura? Is this a recent change?



There was a major taxonomic reworking of the Onagraceae family about ten years ago. Several genera, including Gaura, were lumped into the genus Oenothera.

Some sites are holding on to the old names, but both the Catalog of Life (which serves as our primary reference for nomenclature) and ITIS (probably the most rigorous taxonomic source available online, but limited to North America) have adopted the new names.

Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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Chillybean
Aug 4, 2015 11:38 AM CST
I am currently trying to find close-up images of the leaves that matches mine. You can see these ridges in the third photo above. I really would like to narrow this down, if at all possible. With this name change, it's making searching a little more complicated because large databases of native plants are still using the Gaura genus.

This shows how important good, clear images of leaves are. I went to Maximilian sunflowers here to add the plant to my list and AAAAH! How many more photos of blossoms of that plant do we need?!
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Aug 30, 2015 1:23 PM CST
I am going through older posts of mine to see if any can be resolved. I took a couple more pictures of this Bee Blossom. Interestingly, the flowers are becoming darker.

Thumb of 2015-08-30/Chillybean/2c9692

I am surprised how woody it gets at the base for being an annual.




Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 30, 2015 1:42 PM CST
Could it be: Biennial Beeblossom (Oenothera gaura)
This site has it listed under the synonym Gaura biennis: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=GABI2
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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Aug 30, 2015 1:49 PM CST
I was leaning toward that, but wanted to be sure. Thank you. Smiling This individual sprouted up early, but lately I've noticed a heap of gaura.

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