The Desert Primrose ( Oenothera deltoides ) is a small bush-like flowering planet with delicate white flowers. The primrose ranges from 2″ to 18″ high and frequents the sand dunes of the Mojave, Anza Burego and Sonoran Deserts as well as the Great Basin. This white flowered is common in most of the south western states of the United States.
The plants themselves may cluster and spread up to about 40 inches wide when healthy. They will grow profusely in abundant spring rains offer the water they need to sustain growth. The long tongue of the white-lined sphynx moth is known to pollinate this flower.
The pretty white flower blooms from January through May. During which the 2 – 3″ delicate bloom opens in the evening and closes mid morning. The small oval shaped branches are pale green in color grow to about 4 inches in length.
The Primrose is also known by the following common names:
- Basket Evening Primrose
- Birdcage Evening Primrose
- Devil’s Lantern
The delicate flower above was photographed with the light of the setting sun and the back country of Anza Burrego, CA. The year, the desert flower was inundated with these plants and a white covered the sands of the desert floor.