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Oenothera pallida (Pale Evening Primrose)

Pale Evening-Primrose, White Evening Primrose, White Buttercup, Pale Evening Primrose, Evening Primrose


Oenothera pallida (Pale Evening Primrose) is a charming rhizomatous perennial boasting fragrant, satiny white flowers, with the delicate texture of crumpled silk. Large, 3 in. wide (7 cm), the pretty flowers open from reddish purple buds and become soft pink with age. Blooming in mid to late spring, the flowers open in the evening and remain open until late morning. They attract bees, moths and butterflies. They rise on erect to sprawling, reddish stems and contrast nicely with the narrowly lanceolate to ovate, irregularly-toothed leaves. A valuable plant for its ability to grow in hot, dry sites and tolerate drought. Pale Evening Primrose will spread by running rhizomes and self-seed when happy.

  • Grows up to 4-20 in. tall (10-50 cm) and 10-12 in. wide (25-30 cm).
  • Best in full sun to part shade in sandy or rocky, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Great choice for wildflower gardens, rock gardens or naturalized areas. May be planted in beds and borders and is a good edging plant.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Easily grown from seeds sown outdoors in spring.
  • Native to the western United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Oenothera - Primroses - Sundrops
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 4" – 2' (10cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Oenothera - Primroses - Sundrops
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 4" – 2' (10cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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