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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Oenothera deltoides Torr. & Frém.
Birdcage evening-primrose, Fragrant primrose, Desert evening-primrose, Birdcage primrose
USDA Symbol: OEDE2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Opening around sunset and wilting by mid-morning, the large flowers of devil’s-lantern or fragrant primrose make a showy nighttime display. This is a mounded annual with a central, erect stem, 2-10 in. high, and several leafy, decumbent branches 4 in. to 3 ft. long. The 3 in. wide, night-blooming flowers occur singly in the upper leaf axils. These flowers are white, fading pink, and are followed by a woody capsule.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
AZ , CA , NV , OR , UT Native Distribution:
Mohave & Colorado Deserts of s. CA to AZ Native Habitat:
Dry, open, sandy areas USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Sow unstratified seed in fall; stratified in spring. Plants can be divided at most any season.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff