EVENING PRIMROSE SEEDS
Oenothera kunthiana, O. macrocarpa aka O. missouriensis, O. pallida, O. speciosa rosea, O. tetragona, O. versicolor
MISSOURI Evening PrimroseOenothera macrocarpa aka O. missouriensis
Certainly one of the most beautiful of the Evening Primrose flowers, it produces clear yellow paper thin blossoms up to 5 inches across from June to September. Grows to 12 inches tall with soft velvety leaves and a sprawling habit. Winter hardy to zone 4. Grows nicely with gaillardia, Blue Queen salvia, Fuji Blue balloon flower, Blue Select fescue, and Telham Beauty campanula.
PINK PETTICOATS Evening PrimroseOenothera speciosa 'Rosea'
Silky, pink flowers with yellow centers appear all summer long. A wonderful plant for the front of the border, or in large containers. Spreads quickly, and often forms large, breathtaking colonies. Grows to 12 inches tall. Winter hardy to zone 5.
INNOCENCE Evening PrimroseOenothera pallida
Large, sweetly fragrant, white flowers age to apple blossom pink. The combination of the two shades is extremely attractive. The compact, 12-20 inch tall plants bloom from late spring to early fall. Good for borders, as a ground cover, or in large containers. Winter hardy to zone 4.
SUNDROPS Evening PrimroseOenothera tetragona
Bright yellow, 1-2 inch, poppy-like blooms appear throughout the summer months. A truly lovely perennial that is easy to grow. Mature height is 18-24 inches tall. Winter hardy to zone 4. 'Sundrops evening primrose grows beautifully with butterfly weed, lavender, Maltese cross, and Sooty Sweet William.
SUNSET BOULEVARD Evening PrimroseOenothera versicolor
Vivid, 2 inch, cup-shaped blooms begin yellow, morph to orange, then mature into shades of Apricot and Red. The combination of these colors is stunning. Well branched, easy to grow, 2 foot tall plants. Winter hardy to zone 5.
GLOWING MAGENTA Evening PrimroseOenothera kunthiana
Low, mounding, 6-12 inch tall plants are covered in deep rose-pink flowers from June to September. Foliage is glossy and dark green. Wonderful at the front of mixed borders, or in containers. Loves hot, dry, sites and combines beautifully with Salvias and Yarrows. Blooms the first year. Winter hardy to zone 5.
LEMON SUNSET Evening PrimroseOenothera odorata 'Sulphurea'
Butter yellow, cup-shaped, 4 inch summer flowers mature into shades of sunset orange and red. Blooms open late in the day, fill evening air with delicate, sweet perfume. Heat tolerant, upright plants grow 3-3.5 feet tall, 2 feet wide. Winter hardy to zone 5. Grows nicely with Agastache, Gaura, and Russian sage.
How to Plant Evening Primrose Seeds
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and barely cover. Kept at 70-75° F., germination is in 14-28 days. Can direct sow in groups of 4 seeds spaced 12-18 inches apart. Thin to the strongest plant.