Vick, Albert F. W.
Oenothera fruticosa L.
Narrowleaf evening-primrose, Narrow-leaf evening-primrose, Sundrops
Onagraceae (Evening-Primrose Family)
Narrow-leaf evening-primrose or sundrops is an 18-24 in. perennial
with a diffusely clustered system of unbranched stems. The lance-shaped leaves are 2-3 in. long, while the showy, golden-yellow, four-petaled flowers average 2 in. in diameter.
Narrowleaf Evening-primrose spreads rapidly under favorable conditions but does not usually become aggressive. In the South, the over-wintering basal rosette
and reddish-purple in appearance.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , ME , MD , MA , MI , MS , MO , NH , NJ , NY , NC , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , WV , DC Native Distribution:
S. New England to NY, TN & MO, s. to FL & OK Native Habitat:
Dry woods, roadsides & meadows USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Well-drained soils. Tolerant of brackish and lime soils.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Hummingbirds