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Oenothera macrocarpa 'Comanche Campfire'

Comanche Campfire Primrose /

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This is a blooming machine! Give it a place in the front of the border or rock garden so you can enjoy the color. Tight buds unfurl to fragrant, lemon-yellow blossoms held on bright red stems. Silvery foliage completes the picture of this heat-loving perennial. It is low growing and spreads almost like a vine.


  • Nectar attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Important food source for native bees
  • Attracts large hawk moths
  • Long blooming and colorful
  • Heat and drought tolerant once established
  • Deer resistant

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Deadheading promotes longer flowering.

6-12 Inches


1-2 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Native Range

Found in limestone glades & bluffs, roadsides, rocky prairies and hillsides.

Native Trivia

Humidity evaporating from this flower's nectar provides a signal to a potential visitor. By sensing the humidity, a Hawkmoth can tell whether Evening Primrose flowers contains nectar without having to land and probe it thereby saving valuable energy.

"We hummingbirds pollinate this primrose in exchange for it's sweet nectar!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Saline or alkaline
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Late Summer
  • Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Desert
  • Grassland
Foliage Color
  • Gray-green
  • Silver
  • Border
  • Drought tolerant
  • Edging
  • Fragrant
  • Ground cover
  • Mass plant
  • Meadow
  • Rock garden
Native to
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wyoming