Pink Evening Primrose

Scientific Name: Oenothera speciosa

Fact Box:

  • Order: Myrtales
  • Family: Onagraceae
  • Genus: Oenothera
  • Species: O. speciosa


The pink evening primrose is also known as showy evening primrose, pink buttercup (not to be confused with the buttercup family or genus), and sometimes pink lady. This sprawling plant is native to North America, and its flowers are cup-shaped, with a white ring around the center and light pink petals. At the yellow center, eight stamens and a “four-lobed” stigma stick out from the flower’s throat.


Besides being a ground cover, the leaves of the pink evening primrose can be cooked or used in salads. The hardy plant is also drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. However, it spreads quickly and will easily take over the land around it, so you should keep an eye on it if it’s in your garden!