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Oenothera fruticosa 'Fireworks'

Evening Primrose /

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Deep bronze foliage and red stems are contrasted by red buds opening to canary yellow blooms in June. The individual flowers may not last for more than a day or two, but they open in succession leaving the plant in continuous bloom. Burgundy rosettes in winter. Attracts a variety of birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and moths and beneficial insects. The most popular cultivar of the Oenotheras.


  • A native insect and hummingbird magnet for nectar
  • After the first flush,cut back to 1/2 for more!
  • Deer resistant and drought resistant
  • Perfect for using in groups in sunny areas
  • Flowers are most fully open in the evening

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Evening Primrose performs best in full sun to light shade in light and sandy soil. A vigorous sprawling clump habit. Cut back foliage to promote a new flush of growth and to prolong flowering season. Propagate by division, softwood cuttings or seed in early summer. A wonderful addition to borders and perennial beds.

15-18 Inches


12-15 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Native Range

Found in open lowlands from the Atlantic Coast south Florida and west to Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Native Trivia

This plant gets its name because its flowers open at night for pollination by nighttime insects like the nocturnal Sphinx Moth.  It was called 'King's Cure-All' for its reputed ability to promote healing of skin diseases and flesh wounds.

"Evening Primrose provides the perfect nectar dinner for me and my native insect friends."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
  • Medium Perennials
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Acidic
  • Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Songbird
  • Wet Sun
Native Habitat
  • Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
  • Dark Green
  • Green
  • Accent
  • Border
  • Edging
  • Ground cover
  • Mass plant
  • Meadow
  • Naturalizes
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia