Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!


Plant Database

Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.

Enter a Plant Name:
Or choose a plant family:
Oenothera brachycarpa (Short-fruit evening-primrose)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Oenothera brachycarpa

Oenothera brachycarpa A. Gray

Short-fruit Evening-primrose, Shortfruit Evening-primrose

Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)

Synonym(s): Lavauxia brachycarpa, Megapterium brachycarpum, Oenothera brachycarpa var. wrightii, Oenothera caespitosa ssp. australis, Oenothera caespitosa var. australis, Oenothera cespitosa ssp. australis, Oenothera cespitosa var. australis


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This perennial evening primrose has narrow leaves and yellow, four-petaled flowers fading orange-red. The flowers occur from the axils of the uppermost leaves. Plants range from 1-2 ft. in height.


From the Image Gallery

6 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AZ , KS , NM , TX
Native Distribution: S.w. ID to n.c. CO & extreme w. KS, s. to AZ, w. TX & n. Mex.
Native Habitat: Rocky slopes, high plains

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Sow seeds in beds in spring or fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Oenothera brachycarpa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Oenothera brachycarpa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Oenothera brachycarpa


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

Go back