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Oenothera nuttallii (Nuttall's evening-primrose)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Oenothera nuttallii

Oenothera nuttallii Sweet

Nuttall's Evening-primrose

Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)

Synonym(s): Anogra nuttalliana


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

One or more erect stems, usually branching, 1-2 ft. tall, with whitish "bark" often shedding in thin layers. Narrow leaves. Flowers arise on stalks from upper leaf axils; buds drooping, opening late in the day. Flowers are 1-2 in. across with four white petals, fading to pink.


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

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


USA: CO , IL , KS , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , SD , WI , WY
Canada: AB , SK
Native Distribution: MN to Alt., s. to NE & CO
Native Habitat: Open woods; dry, sandy or rocky prairies; stream valleys; roadsides

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy or rocky 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.

Additional resources

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


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

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