Primrose carpet at Mueller neighborhood

Don’t you wish your neighborhood had a prairie park with wildflowers and native grasses? I know I do.

This carpet of pink evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa) at Mueller’s Southwest Greenway caught my eye during an Easter Sunday stroll. Lucky homeowners to overlook this beautiful park!

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11 Responses

  1. Shirley says:

    Beautiful and inspirational. I was thrilled to find just one of these has popped up in my buffalo grass this year after a few year’s absence. Maybe it will bring a few friends next year. One of our nearby city parks is restoring native areas too, so soon we will have several places to see similar.

    The festival sounds fun, we might try to make it next year.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      I think they spread pretty aggressively, Shirley, so you will surely find a “few” extras next year. They are lovely in a meadowy garden. —Pam

  2. Kris P says:

    For all the claims about the invasive quality of pink evening primrose, you can’t prove it by my garden. Yes, it spreads but not all that prolifically. I had a mass of bloom on my back slope and dry garden a few years ago but all I see now is a plant here and a plant there (none of which are in bloom). A drought effect perhaps.

  3. Sherry Hill says:

    Even we have a beautiful spread of Evening Primrose flowers in our back yard. I wish they were in the front except it’s so nice to see them from our kitchen.

  4. Jenny says:

    Yes, I have a few of those and will probably always have them!

  5. There are spring beauties carpeting our local park. It is gorgeous right now.

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