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greenbtree
Central City, IA

September 27, 2013
10:05 PM

Post #9672080

I saw this plant during a walk in a nearby sand prairie. It is just blooming now in Sept. I live in Eastern Iowa. Searched my books, and plant identification websites with no luck. Even sent some pictures to a local Nature Center, and they didn't know what it was either. Here are some pics (I hope!) Like some other plants, this one closes it's flowers at night and opens them during the day. Some of the pictures were taken first thing in the morning when the flowers were still closed, and some were taken in the afternoon when they were open. The whole plant was about six feet across, very open and scraggly, but the flowers - wow!

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StillPlaysWDirt

StillPlaysWDirt
(Becky), Lipan, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 27, 2013
11:28 PM

Post #9672098

Possibly Mentzelia decapetala

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/74526/
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 28, 2013
8:29 AM

Post #9672292

Yes.
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Bretten
Germany

September 28, 2013
11:32 AM

Post #9672417

Not sure, though, perhaps could be Mentzelia nuda, also?

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/88625/
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 28, 2013
11:33 AM

Post #9672419

The only species occurring naturally in Iowa is Mentzelia decapetala.

StillPlaysWDirt

StillPlaysWDirt
(Becky), Lipan, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 28, 2013
11:43 AM

Post #9672427

I wish it was occurring naturally here in my yard, what a pretty bloom! :D

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