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Oenothera caespitosa

Fragrant Evening Primrose, Tufted Evening Primrose

Community: Semi-Desert

Brief Description

Exquisite white blossoms fade to pink on desert-loving primrose.

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  • Lavish White Blossoms
  • Lovely Fragrance
  • Summer Low-water Use
  • Low Tufted Form

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Plant Description and Details

Like the short lasting glory of a sunrise, silken white blossoms unfurl each morning, slipping to a rosy tint with midday heat. Each of the four petals is a heart shape, held closely over the hairy, jagged stemless leaves that form a dense tuft under 1 foot tall. The fragrance is sweet and exotic, contrasting sharply with the native surroundings of dry foothills, shrub steppe and pinyon-juniper. Will not tolerate too much summer water.

Common Names Fragrant Evening Primrose, Tufted Evening Primrose
Community Semi-Desert
Annual Water Needs Less than 10 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Wide range of elevations and plant communities throughout the Western U.S.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Dry
Placement Summertime evening gardens, perennial borders, rock gardens, ground cover, xeric plantings.
Mature Height <1 ft.
Mature Width 18 in.
Group Spacing 18-36 inches
Blossom Color White/Pink
Blooms Early Summer
Wildlife Butterflies, Pollinators
Wildlife Notes Native bees, moths and butterflies pollinate the flowers.
Plants Symbol OECA10
Family Name Onagraceae
Lewis & Clark Yes

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