Oenothera fruticosa

Oenothera fruticosa

Narrow-leaf evening primrose

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Oenothera fruticosa
  • Common name: Narrow-leaf evening primrose
  • Family: Onagraceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Narrow-leaf evening primrose, Oenothera fruticosa, is native to eastern North America, where it grows in open landscapes such as dry woodland, rocky outcrops and grasslands. It bears lance-shaped, fresh green, alternate leaves and large saucer-shaped, bright yellow flowers. Unlike many species of Oenothera, its flowers bloom throughout the day.

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There are a few cultivars of Oenothera fruticosa available, such as ‘Fireworks’, which has dark yellow blooms opening from red buds, and ‘African Sun’, which has a rounded, compact habit. 

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Perfect for container displays and bedding schemes, grow Oenothera fruticosa in a sunny, sheltered site in well-drained soil. If soil is likely to become wet in winter, consider transplanting under glass until spring.

How to grow Oenothera fruticosa

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    45cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do Prune in September

Do Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Oenothera fruticosa and wildlife

Oenothera fruticosa is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Oenothera fruticosa poisonous?

Oenothera fruticosa has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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