Chilean evening primrose

Oenothera stricta 'Sulphurea'

Chilean evening primrose - Oenothera stricta  'Sulphurea'

Common Name: Chilean evening primrose
Genus: Oenothera
Species: stricta
Cultivar: 'Sulphurea'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.75 m (75 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Cream, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to September

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

Reliably flowering for many months, this showy evening primrose may be short-lived but it usually self-seeds very freely so you will get plenty of new plants in subsequent years. It produces large pale yellow almost cream flowers that will open in the evening and fill the air with their incredible heady scent. Native to rocky slopes in Chile it is very tolerant of poor soils and is generally very easy to grow.

  • Garden care: Protect the young foliage from slug damage using beer traps or environmentally-friendly slug pellets.

    It is worth keeping in mind that these plants are short-lived so although they usually self-seed freely the plant will usually only live for a year or two.

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