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Evening Primrose: How to Grow and Care for This Easy-to-Grow Wildflower

by Gregory
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How to Grow and Care for Evening Primrose


Evening primrose is a beautiful wildflower that’s easy to grow and care for. It’s a popular choice for gardens because it attracts pollinators and has a pleasant evening fragrance.

About Evening Primrose

Evening primrose is a biennial plant, meaning it lives for two years. In the first year, it forms a rosette of leaves. In the second year, it produces a tall stem with large, yellow flowers that open in the evening.

Evening primrose is native to North America, but it has naturalized in many other parts of the world. It’s a member of the Oenothera genus, which includes several other species of evening primrose.

Growing Evening Primrose

Evening primrose is easy to grow from seed. You can sow seeds in late autumn or early spring, either in pots or directly where you want them to grow. If you’re starting seeds indoors, be sure to plant them out in their first year, as they have a long taproot that can be damaged when transplanting.

Evening primrose prefers moist but well-drained soil and a sunny location. It can tolerate partial shade, but it will bloom best in full sun.

Caring for Evening Primrose

Evening primrose plants require very little care. Water them during dry periods and remove faded flowers and leaves as needed. Towards the end of their flowering period, leave some flowers on the plant to set seed. You can collect the seeds to sow next year, or let them self-seed naturally.

Pests and Diseases

Evening primrose is not bothered by many pests or diseases. However, young plants may be susceptible to slug and snail damage. You can protect your plants by using slug bait or creating a physical barrier around them.

Varieties of Evening Primrose

There are many different varieties of evening primrose available, each with its own unique characteristics. Some popular varieties include:

  • Oenothera ‘Apricot Delight’: Flowers that change from pale yellow to apricot and then coral pink.
  • Oenothera ‘Lemon Sunset’: Soft yellow flowers with a beautiful evening fragrance.


Evening primrose is a beautiful and easy-to-grow plant that’s perfect for any garden. With its attractive flowers and pleasant fragrance, it’s sure to add beauty and interest to your outdoor space.

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