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Oenothera kunthiana (Kunth's evening primrose)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Oenothera kunthiana

Other names

Kunth's evening primrose

Genus

Oenothera Oenothera

Species

O. kunthiana - O. kunthiana is a compact, sometimes prostrate, herbaceous perennial with oblong to lance-shaped mid-green leaves and, in summer, papery, white flowers fading pink with age. Flowers are followed by showy, winged seed capsules.


Oenothera kunthiana is: Deciduous

Habit

Compact, Clump-forming, Prostrate, Trailing

Flower

Pink, White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific pests

Slugs Slugs

Foot and root rot , Leaf spot , Powdery mildew Foot and root rot , Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pinch back to promote bushier growth. Deadhead to prevent self-seeding. Cut back after flowering.

Propagation

Self-seeds freely. Alternatively, sow seed in containers in a cold frame in summer.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Oenothera kunthiana (Kunth's evening primrose) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Wildflower, Drought Tolerant, Rock, Wildlife, City, Gravel

Cultivation

Plant in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers heat and dry soil. Relatively short-lived but self-seeds readily. Will not tolerate consistently moist soil.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Oenothera kunthiana

Other names

Kunth's evening primrose

Genus

Oenothera Oenothera

Species

O. kunthiana - O. kunthiana is a compact, sometimes prostrate, herbaceous perennial with oblong to lance-shaped mid-green leaves and, in summer, papery, white flowers fading pink with age. Flowers are followed by showy, winged seed capsules.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Compact, Clump-forming, Prostrate, Trailing


Colour

Flower

Pink, White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific pests

Slugs

Specific diseases

Foot and root rot , Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pinch back to promote bushier growth. Deadhead to prevent self-seeding. Cut back after flowering.

Propagation

Self-seeds freely. Alternatively, sow seed in containers in a cold frame in summer.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Oenothera kunthiana (Kunth's evening primrose) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Wildflower, Drought Tolerant, Rock, Wildlife, City, Gravel

Cultivation

Plant in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers heat and dry soil. Relatively short-lived but self-seeds readily. Will not tolerate consistently moist soil.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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