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Oenothera Genus

Evening primrose

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Oenothera genus (Evening primrose). This genus consists of about 120 species of annuals, biennials and perennials. They will produce short-lived flowers which are borne during the summer, with 4 delicate petals which can be yellow or sometimes pink, red or white.

Characteristics

Annuals, Perennials or Biennials, Fragrants

Other common names

Sun drops, Sun cups

Origin

N & S America

Interest and use

Grown for their profuse but short-lived flowers in summer. Suitable for coastal conditions. Oenothera biennis is used medicinally.

Cultivation

They usually frost hardy and will grow best in a well-drained, sandy soil in an open, sunny situation, and they will tolerate dry conditions. You can propagate from seeds or by division in spring or autumn, or from softwood cuttings in late spring.

Propagation

You can propagate by seed or division in autumn or spring or by softwood cuttings in late spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to slugs, leaf spot and mildew. Root rot in wet, heavy soil.

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