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Oenothera speciosa

Common Name(s):
Showy evening primrose
Category:
Perennials
Comment:

Showy evening primrose can become a terrible weed in perennial gardens, spreading by stoloniferous rootstocks and seed. When grown in moist, fertile, prepared soil it can take over a garden. In dry, infertile sites it forms a well behaved clump.

Wildlife Value: Butterflies and bees are attracted to the nectar in the flowers.  Members of the genus Oenothera support the following specialized beesMelissodes (Apomelissodes) fimbriatus and Lasioglossum (Sphecodogastra) oenotherae.

Season:
Summer
Height:
12-24 in.
Flower Color:
White, pink
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8
Propagation:
Seed, division
Exposure:
Full sun
Soil:
Well-drained, infertile soil
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Southeastern USA, North Carolina
Tags:
pink, sun, summer, specialized bees, bees, nectar, pollinator, perennial, wildlife, white, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 752

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