Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 3-5 feet
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Season: June – September
Suggested Uses: Common Evening Primrose is a biennial that grows well in medium to dry disturbed soils. Stays small the first year and flowers and goes to seed the next year. Will reseed.
Native Range: Native throughout the majority of the contiguous U.S., except for the Southwest.
Pollinators: Bees, butterflies, moths.
Flowers: Flowers form in a spike. Each flower has 4 yellow petals and 4 green, hairy sepals.
Leaves: Leaves taper to a point, may be slightly rough and may be serrated. Leaves have a prominent, white mid-vein. Stem in the second year, is strong and also woody. Outer edges of the basal rosette can turn red.
More information: USDA plant profile
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