Oenothera macrocarpa – Missouri Evening Primrose
2018 NATIVE OF THE YEAR
A cherished Missouri and Illinois native perennial, Missouri Evening Primrose, Oenthera marcrocarpa, boasts brilliant large yellow flowers. Low growing, sprawling plants 6-12″ tall produce huge 3-5″ cup-shaped bright yellow flowers. Flowers begin to appear in late spring and will continue into early fall. Oenothera macrocarpa’s delightful softly fragrant blossoms only last one day, usually opening in late afternoon and remaining until the following morning. Stunning winged 2-3″ seed pods follow, creating another amazing display. Its long roots that grow deep into the soil make it extremely drought tolerant. Deer resistant.
Multiple award winner, in the United States and Europe. Another one of Oenothera macrocapa’s common names is Night Candles due to its glowing flowers. Also known as Oenothera missouriensis.
Use Missouri Evening Primrose in perennial gardens, rock gardens, native gardens, pollinator gardens, rain gardens, as a ground cover, edging, and in banks and slopes.
Plant Missouri Evening Primrose in full sun to light shade. Very easy to grow, they are not particular about soil, and will tolerate poor soil. Due to its long tap root it does not like to be moved.