OENOTHERA missouriensis (Dwarf Evening Primrose) is a perennial flowering plant native to central North America. Dwarf Evening Primrose is a herbaceous perennial plant, meaning it lives for multiple years. It belongs to the Onagraceae family.
Dwarf Evening Primrose is a low-growing plant that forms a rosette of narrow, lance-shaped leaves that are typically silver-gray in color. The flowers are the main attraction, featuring large, bright yellow blooms with four petals. The flowers open during the day and have a pleasant fragrance. The blooms typically last for a single day.
Dwarf Evening Primrose typically blooms in late spring to summer, generally from May to July. The blooming period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions. The flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Dwarf Evening Primrose thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate various soil types, including sandy or rocky soils. It is adapted to dry conditions and can tolerate drought once established. Dwarf Evening Primrose is native to prairies and open areas.
Dwarf Evening Primrose is highly valued for its vibrant yellow flowers and low-growing habit. It is often used in rock gardens, dry slopes, native plant landscapes, and wildflower meadows. With its sunny yellow flowers and silver-gray foliage, adds a splash of color and charm to garden landscapes. Its adaptability to dry conditions, low-maintenance nature, and ability to attract pollinators make it a popular choice for creating naturalistic and water-wise gardens.
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Scientific Name: Oenothera Missouriensis
Common Name: Dwarf Evening Primrose
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: Southern and central United States
Height: 9 to 12 "
Spread: 12 to 18 "
Habitat: Calcareous Prairies and Limestone Outcrops
Zone: 4 to 10
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring (Late), Summer, Fall
Attracts: Butterflies, Humming Birds
Characteristics: Fragrant, Plant of merit, Showy
Flower Shape: Cup Shaped
Flower Color: Yellow
Water Requirement: Low to average
Soil Type: Poor, Average, Fertile
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<7.0), Neutral (pH=7.0), Alkaline (pH>7.0)
Advantage: Medium Growth, Easy to grow
Uses: Color, Bloom's ornamental, Rock gardens, Wildlife (Nectar-moths)