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Oenothera curtiflora (Velvetweed)
Anderson, Wynn

Oenothera curtiflora

Oenothera curtiflora W.L. Wagner & Hoch

Velvetweed, Velvetleaf Gaura, Lizard-tail Gaura, Willow Gaura

Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)

Synonym(s): Gaura mollis, Gaura parviflora, Gaura parviflora var. lachnocarpa, Gaura parviflora var. typica

USDA Symbol: OECU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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20 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: To about 6 feet in height.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: White, fading to pink.


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MN , MO , MS , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OH , OK , OR , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , WA , WY

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0394 Collected May 27, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0002 Collected April 12, 1990 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry

2 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium


Bibref 1211 - Folk Medicine: The Art and the Science (1985) Richard P. Steiner

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Oenothera curtiflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Oenothera curtiflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Oenothera curtiflora


Record Modified: 2023-04-20
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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