Plant Profile: Evening Primrose

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Evening primrose, or Sundrop, is a lovely, quick spreading perennial plant for the garden.  My Oenothera is the yellow variety but it does come in other colours (pink, white) is blooming in the garden now.  It is not related to the primrose family of plants

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In large clumps they provide spectacular colour from late June onwards.


In the spring the new florets appear in the garden.  Who knew they would grow to be at least 35 cm or more tall?


It quickly starts its upward growth and the leaves start to turn green.


You can just see a bit of the first red leaves at the very bottoms of the stems.  This clump grows in a north facing garden so is in part shade for a good portion of the day.


Each stem has many blooms and the red buds are more to come.


… not fully open yet …


… to a glorious wide yellow bloom …  blooms can be up to 5 cm across …

This plant loves to spread throughout the garden and it is one that I frequently give away.  The new growth easily transplants and it is my kind of plant in the garden as it really doesn’t need any looking after.  It tolerates sun and dry soil and clumps have found their way to many other parts of the garden.

Oil from the seed of this plant is collected for Evening primrose oil, which is said to be good for skin disorders.

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8 Responses

  1. Jennifer Jilks

    I have these! I need not be envious…
    I had some in a previous house. I found some here is a bad spot, so I tranplanted the.
    Lovely images!

  2. Joy

    Hi Linda … I used to have these and I am not sure what happened to them. I also had the pink variety and again … I am not sure what happened to them other than I mistakenly dug them up for another plant perhaps ? That does happen from time to time .. drats !

    • Crafty Gardener

      I’d love the pink ones, but yellow is my favourite bloom colour. Maybe they will magically reappear in your garden one day. What a windy day we are having.

  3. Joy

    The wind hasn’t stopped in so long, I forget what it is like not to have wind now ! LOL … It is supposed to be like a sauna this coming week .. I will be hiding in the house a lot , the garden needs me but I can’t take that heat. I do wonder at times if they will magically appear some day too ! LOL

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