Evening Primerose, Sundrops

evening primerose

Scientific Name: Oenothera fruticosa ‘Fireworks’

Plant Characteristics: Has deep bronze foliage and red stems with red buds that open to canary yellow flowers in June. The flowers only last a day or two but open in succession to give the plant the appearance of continuous bloom. It deer resistant.

Plant Size: 15-18 inches tall and 12-15 inches wide

Plant Uses: It has been known for hundreds of years as the “King’s Cure All” for it’s reputed ability to promote healing of skin diseases and flesh wounds.


Fun Fact: This plant blooms fully at night and is pollinated by nighttime insects such as the nocturnal Sphinx Moth.

Cultural Needs: Does best in full sun to light shade in well-drained, sandy soils. It has a vigorous sprawling clump habit  and is drought tolerant. After the first flush of bloom, cut back to half to promote a new slush growth.

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