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Camissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. cheiranthifolia (Beach suncup)
Reveal, James L.

Camissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. cheiranthifolia

Camissonia cheiranthifolia (Hornem. ex Spreng.) Raimann ssp. cheiranthifolia

Beach Suncup, Beach Evening-primrose

Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)

Synonym(s): Oenothera cheiranthifolia, Oenothera cheiranthifolia var. nitida


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Several prostrate, wiry stems radiate from a central rosette forming a dense mat up to 3+ ft. wide. The plant is gray-green throughout. Tubular, four-petaled flowers occur mostly from leaf axils are are bright yellow.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems prostrate, decumbent or ascending, up to about 4 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: Coastal areas of CA & OR
Native Habitat: Sandy beaches & dunes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy soils.


Description: Propagated from seed, though germination is often poor.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Camissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. cheiranthifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Camissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. cheiranthifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Camissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. cheiranthifolia


Record Modified: 2022-10-26
Research By: TWC Staff

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