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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.

Benefits

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.


Height
6-12 Inches

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Spread
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
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
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
Uses
Border
Drought tolerant
Edging
Fragrant
Ground cover
Mass plant
Meadow
Rock garden
Native to
Arkansas
Illinois
Kansas
Missouri
Nebraska
Oklahoma
Tennessee
Texas
Wyoming