Evening primrose

Oenothera pallida 'Innocence'

Evening primrose - Oenothera pallida  'Innocence'

Common Name: Evening primrose
Genus: Oenothera
Species: pallida
Cultivar: 'Innocence'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, White, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

Large, yellow-centred, white flowers that fade to blush-pink as they mature have a heady and delicious scent and appear in profusion throughout summer. A fast growing plant, it is often in flower 8-10 weeks after sowing. Plant it near a seating area or busy path way so you can take full advantage of the perfume. These plants will become drought tolerant once established and will thrive in well-drained soils with lots of sun. The cope well in coastal conditions.

  • Garden care: Surface-sow on top of freely draining seed compost and water well. Keep in a greenhouse or cold frame and thin out when the seedlings are large enough to handle, potting on into individual pots. Pinching out the growing tips will encourage bushier growth. Before planting out in early summer harden off gradually. These plants will become drought tolerant once established and will thrive in well-drained soils with lots of sun. They cope well in coastal conditions.

  • Sow: March-April

  • Flowering: June-September



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