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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.

Benefits

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.


Height
15-18 Inches

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Spread
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
Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
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
Uses
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