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Evening primrose

Evening primrose  Lubera Oenothera

Buying an evening primrose is always worthwhile. These natural perennials are just as suitable for home gardens, front gardens or cottage gardens as they are for gravel and rock gardens.

   
 
Oenothera macrocarpa (-missouriensis)

Evening primrose, ozark sundrop

From £4.90 *

Oenothera tetragona

Common sundrop

From £4.90 *

   
 

More information about evening primrose – Oenothera

 

Evening primrose Lubera OenotheraThe evening primrose (Oenothera) is a grateful, robust plant for sunny, dry locations. It delights in warm summer nights with its bright flowers and intense scent. This plant should not be missing in any natural garden or mixed perennial border. For insects, this perennial is also a blessing because many moths and other insects enjoy the nectar.

 

 

The most beautiful varieties

 

The genus of the Oenothera comprises about 125 annual, biennial and perennial plants. Most come from North America, some also from South America. They grow on sunny, dry mountain slopes and on the edge of the desert. One of the most popular and beautiful varieties is the Missouri evening primrose or ozark sundrops (Oenothera macrocarpa). This variety is a vigorous, hardy perennial with reddish sprouts. The flowers of this species open in the evening and remain open the next day. The calyxes of the flowers have red spots. Oenothera tetragona has immigrated from the United States. It is a biennial plant that easily seeds itself. It is often found growing wild on railroad embankments or on waste disposal sites. In the garden, this variety is worth buying because you only have to buy it once. Afterwards, it will easily multiply itself. It is an extremely easy to care for, grateful plant for dry locations. Its leaves have a bronze colour. O. tetragona 'Erica Robin' is a variety for enthusiats with heavily dotted rosettes. It is suitable for prairie plantings and also for growing in containers. This very pretty variety has reddish shoots. This makes the bowl-shaped yellow flowers look even better.

 

Suitable location

 

Buying these plants is worthwhile for every sunny, dry location. Both the perennials and the biennial types also thrive in rather infertile places, along roadsides, on rocky areas and gravel sites. They like a location in full sun, which should be rather dry. They do not tolerate stagnant moisture at all and also do not mind longer dry phases. They do not need to be watered - except when they grow in containers. Otherwise, these plants can find water themselves with their deep tap-roots and store it. This is why these extremely robust perennials and biennials, especially the wild ones (Oenothera biennis), are also very well suited for beautifying gravel gardens. Because the evening primroses have deep tap-roots they should not be transplanted. Only the young seedlings can still be dug out well and transplanted to a new location.

 

Planting properly

 

It is always worthwhile to plant evening primroses in the garden. This is because they propagate themselves joyfully in areas where they like it. Especially Oenothera biennis, as well as other biennial types such as Oenothera tetragona, seed easily. But also the perennial types like Oenothera macrocarpa are grateful and like to stay in one location for a long time if they like it.

 

Are they edible?

 

Yes, especially the wild evening primroses (Oenothera biennis) are used for cooking as well as for cosmetics and therapeutic products. These are biennial plants that seed themselves very easily. The flowers as well as the roots are edible. Uses for the roots can be found in old garden and cooking books. The oily seeds of the evening primrose are used for the production of popular cosmetics and natural remedies. These plants enrich the garden and the kitchen in many ways. Even the Native Americans stirred a mash from the crushed seeds, which they used to cure skin diseases. Today, the popular evening primrose oil is produced from the seeds and is used for cosmetics.  

 

Propagation

 

Propagating evening primrose plants yourself is very easy. This is because they seed themselves anyway. So you don't really have to do anything. When fully ripe, the seed capsules burst open on their own, and the self-sowing is generous: each capsule contains about 200 seeds. The ripe capsules can also be harvested so that the seeds can be sown elsewhere in the garden or in pots. If you don't want too many, you can cut off the inflorescences once they have faded.

 

Care

 

The biggest danger for a primrose is too much water and stagnant moisture. You should not fertilise the plants either. They prefer to grow on poor soil. Only in the spring can some compost be spread. If you buy an evening primrose, plant it in a small planting hole in a perennial bed or gravel garden. The soil does not need to be loosened up for these perennials, as they like it barren and stony. Immediately after planting, the plants should not need any more water and should be able to cope on their own.

 

Diseases and pests 

 

These robust plants are less susceptible to pests and diseases. Only powdery mildew can sometimes occur if the plants have too little fresh air. Fungi can also form if the plants are too wet. The fungi can be seen as dark spots on the leaves. The infested leaves must be removed and destroyed. Then treat the plant with a fungicide and make sure that it stands drier. Sometimes cabbage-stem flea beetles (Psylliodes) appear as pests. These can be driven away by sprinkling rock flour around the plants. There is also a special evening primrose louse that sometimes occurs. This can be controlled with conventional insecticides.

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