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Oenothera sinuosa (Wavyleaf beeblossom)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Oenothera sinuosa

Oenothera sinuosa W.L. Wagner & Hoch

Wavyleaf Beeblossom, Wavyleaf Gaura

Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)

Synonym(s): Gaura sinuata

USDA Symbol: OESI3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Species such as this one, formerly placed in the genus Gaura, are typically rather weedy plants, with leaves borne singly on the stems and frequently in a basal rosette. The flowers are in spikes or racemes, or are branching. They open in the evening. The 4 petals are on the upper side of the flower, giving it a slightly bilateral symmetry. There are normally 8 prominent stamens and 1 pistil; these are on the lower side. The stamens have reddish-brown anthers. The genus is easily recognized, but the species are sometimes difficult, due partly to a great deal of hybridization.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , CA , FL , GA , LA , MO , OK , SC , TX
Native Distribution: Native to Oklahoma and Texas, naturalized in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri and South Carolina.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
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 sinuosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Oenothera sinuosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Oenothera sinuosa


Record Modified: 2023-04-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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