biennial beeblossom

(Oenothera gaura)

Conservation Status
biennial beeblossom
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5? - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
Wetland Indicator Status
     
  Midwest

FACU - Facultative upland

     
  Northcentral & Northeast

FACU - Facultative upland

     
           
 
Description
 
 

The stem is covered with white, spreading hairs.

The leaves are alternate.

The flower has four petals arranged asymmetrically toward the top of the flower.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

36 to 72

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

White to pink to reddish-pink

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
 

Longflower beeblossom (Gaura longiflora) stem is covered with appressed, not spreading, hairs. It may occur in Minnesota.

Scarlet beeblossom (Gaura coccinea) has red petals. It is found in the western third of the state.

 
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Moist to dry. Prairies, woodland openings, river banks, roadsides, railroads. Full sun.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

August to September

 
     
 
Use
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 28.

 
  1/1/2012      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (dicots)  
  Subclass Rosidae  
  Superorder Rosanae  
  Order Myrtales (myrtles, evening primroses, and allies)  
 

Family

Onagraceae (evening primrose)  
  Subfamily Onagroideae  
  Tribe Onagreae  
 

Genus

Oenothera (evening primroses, sundrops, and beeblossoms)  
  Section Gaura  
  Subsection Gaura  
       
 

Prior to 2004 this plant was classified as Gaura biennis. Molecular studies in that year showed that the genus Guara is deeply nested within one of the two major clades of the genus Oenothera. In 2007 and 2013 revisions were made to the new classification of the transferred species.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

 

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Gaura biennis

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

biennial beeblossom

biennial gaura

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Inflorescence

  biennial beeblossom    
       

Flower

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Leaves

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  Oenothera gaura (Biennial Gaura)
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  Oenothera gaura (Biennial Gaura)  
     
  Gaura biennis BIENNIAL GAURA
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  Gaura biennis BIENNIAL GAURA  

 

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http://www.prairiemoon.com Biennial Gaura is a very easy to grow, short-lived native prairie species that will add color to any planting in early fall.

   
       

 

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