Tina James' Evening Primrose

Certified Organic

Oenothera lamarckiana

Petals unfurl before your eyes and attract hummingbird moths.

This soft-yellow native biennial flower blooms in the evening, so fast that you can can watch it happening at dusk. We decided to grow this on the seed farm because it's sweet fragrance attracts night pollinators such as the hummingbird moth.
Some gardeners will not grow Evening Primrose because it easily self sows and can take over garden spaces. However, with care and attention you can prevent this plant from becoming invasive.
The seeds of Evening Primrose are often made into oil and used for medicinal purposes.


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Biennial. Direct sow in fall or early spring by scattering seeds directly on the soil. If started early enough, Evening Primrose will flower the same year it is planted. If not, let over winter and enjoy blooms in early spring. To start indoors, sow seeds very shallow. Needs light to germinate. Transplant 18 inches apart in early spring in full sun. Evening Primrose grows in poor conditions and tolerates draught like conditions. It does best in well-drained soil.
To prevent Evening Primrose from becoming invasive, dead-head the flowers daily as soon as they fade, or harvest the flowering stalk before it drops seeds. Failure to do so can result in many many plants in the years to come.

Days to Germination 14 to 21 days
Days to Maturity 75 days
Planting Depth 0 to ¼ inch
Spacing in Row 18 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Height at Maturity 36 to 48 inches
Width at Maturity 12 inches
Sun Preference Full Sun

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