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Oenothera canescens (Spotted evening-primrose)
Northington, David K.

Oenothera canescens

Oenothera canescens Torr. & Frém.

Spotted Evening-primrose

Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)

Synonym(s): Gaurella canescens

USDA Symbol: OECA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 15 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: CO , KS , NE , NM , OK , TX , WY

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Webref 77 - Wildflower Search - Wildflower Identification Website (2020)

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-11-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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