Four Petal Purple Wild Flower
Question: My mom and I go for walks out on the trails at Argonne in
Darien IL and there are a lot of tall fragrant purple flowers
everywhere. Do you know what they are? They are all over so we
assume they are native. They have very long stems and have 4 petals
and are very, very fragrant. I want to bring my pictures in for show
and tell but I need to know what they are and I have searched and
cannot find out. Can you help?
This is the best reference I can find.
Could it be the fireweed?
Showy Evening Primrose?
Anyway, Happy Hunting.
In case you come across words you don't know the following URL will help you
Maybe it would be easier to look at the list of flowers and then go out in
the field and try to find one.
There are several plants with 4-petaled purple flowers.
However, these may be helpful in the plant's identification:
Anthony Brach Ph.D.
Update: June 2012