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Oenothera fruticosa

Common Name(s):
Sundrops
Categories:
Native Plants, Perennials
Comment:

Sundrops are a native perennial in the Onagraceae family. It grows wild in all parts of North Carolina except the high mountains, where although it is striking seen along roadsides and in meadows, never achieves the beauty possible under cultivation. It blooms during the day hence the common name "Sundrops". Flowers are followed by distinctive club-shaped seed capsules. Red stems compliment the bright yellow flowers produced over a long season. If plant foliage depreciates in summer after flowering, stems may be cut back to the basal rosette.

Wildlife Value:  Members of the genus Oenothera support the following specialized beesMelissodes (Apomelissodes) fimbriatus and Lasioglossum (Sphecodogastra) oenotherae.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. 

Season:
Summer
Height:
6-12 in.
Flower Color:
Yellow
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Erect, slowly spreading rosettes
Propagation:
Division in summer, seed
Exposure:
Full sun
Fruit:
Club-shaped capsule
Soil:
Well-drained to dry soils
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Eastern North America, North Carolina
Tags:
sun, summer, specialized bees, bees, yellow, nectar, pollinator, perennial, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 751

Oenothera fruticosa Oenothera fruticosa plant
M. Fletcher, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Oenothera fruticosa Oenothera fruticosa bloom
Shihmei Barger, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Oenothera fruticosa Oenothera fruticosa hedge
Leonora (Ellie) Enking, CC-BY-SA-2.0