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Oenothera macrosceles

Oenothera macrosceles

evening primrose

Common name evening primrose
Family onagraceae
Life cycle
Flowers yellow
Size sprawler
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below

I grew this in 2003, and it bloomed that year. It's a nice sprawling evening primrose, with flowers typical of the genus, growing from a low rosette of long entire leaves. Unfortunately, none of the plants, set in different areas of the garden, returned the next spring. Either it is not a perennial, or it is not hardy in my zone. In the few references I've been able to find, it is listed as a perennial, but without a hardiness rating. Trying again from seed this year (2005), but in the meantime several seedlings have emerged in one of the places it grew in 2003. This is one of those plants whose unexpected emergence in various places I hope to enjoy in years to come.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '02/'03 HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 70F (24%G, 9-16d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (30%G, 7-14d)

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