WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SOUTHERN BEEBLOSSOM (Oenothera simulans)
Had a name recent name change. synonym: Gaura angustifolia
Tall, lanky annual wildflower (3-4ft) attracts pollinators. The flowers start out white and turn pink overnight; flowers only last a day. May be aggressive as it freely self seeds.
Larval Host: Clouded Crimson Flower Moth (Schinia gaurae); HUMMINGBIRDS will nectar at this plant.
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Oenothera
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3271