Today I decided to spend some time with the pink evening primrose flower essence. I planted this flower a few years ago in my Arizona garden because it is known as a drought tolerant plant. In the early spring and summer, before the extreme heat sets in, the flowers create a sea of pink loveliness. Being a wildflower, the evening primroses quickly took over the spaces in my garden where they were planted.
Researching for information, I found that the pink evening primrose’s botanical name is Oenothera speciosa. It is also known as Showy evening primrose, Mexican evening primrose, Showy primrose, Pink ladies, Buttercups, and Pink buttercups. (Speciosa means “showy”.) Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center Plant Data Base has a beautiful picture and excellent article on this wildflower here. I noted that the capsules of pink evening primrose attract birds, especially finches, and that it has a special value to native bees.
I found some more information here here. The pink evening primrose blooms both day and night while other species of evening primrose bloom only in the evening, early morning, or at night, (hence the name “evening primrose”). The pink ladies bloom from March to July, and occasionally in the fall. I’ve got some blooming again now in September. The plant’s wild habitat includes rocky prairies, open woodlands, slopes, roadsides, meadows and disturbed areas. The USDA has a nice map where you can see the distribution of this wildflower here
I turned to the Flower Essence Services for help in understanding the energetic properties of this flower essence. The Flower Essence Service has an evening primrose flower essence made from a species of evening primrose that is yellow (oenothera hookeri) and blooms in the evening and morning. They have tested this essence and find its healing qualities to be awareness and healing of painful early emotions absorbed from parents. It facilitates the ability to open emotionally and form deep, committed relationships.
Ted Andrew’s Nature-Speak suggests that nature reveals its secrets through its geometric shapes, numbers and colors. What distinguishes the pink ladies from the other evening primroses, besides its time of blooming, is its distinctive cross-shaped, four petal, pink flower. Andrews says the cross shape balances the male and female and can reflect the intersection of waking and dreaming, stimulating more vibrant and lucid dreams. The number four indicates a time for new foundation and for patience in laying it. It points to issues of groundedness and stability. Pink reflects issues of compassion and of the heart. It can help soothe emotions. I resonate with that one! The American Indian Secrets of Crystal Healing says pink contains both white (purity) and red (love) and symbolizes the unconditional love that is useful when working on problems of the heart.
Perhaps the pink evening primrose can support us in the next stage of healing once we feel safe to open up in the light of day and share some of our inner healing work with others. I find this flower and flower essence to be very healing, supportive, and uplifting. Why not try growing your own and testing the essence out for yourself? You can buy seeds here for a few dollars including shipping. Make sure you plant them in an area where they can grow and spread since they can be invasive. The pink evening primrose will gift you with a sea of pink, a safe space to open up and shine your light.