This is the basal rosette of leaves of Oenothera biennis (Common evening primrose or Evening star). This plant is a biennial (as suggested by its Latin name "biennis") and the first year of a plants life it produces only a beautiful whorl of leaves like this one. The second year, however, the flowers steal the show, but only open at night (hence the plants common names) when the plant may be visited by moths.
March 15th, 2012
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