Pale Evening Primrose
This species produces large, fragrant white crepe-textured flowers that open on summer evenings, fading the next day to soft pink. Especially suited to hot, dry sites with well-drained soil. A good choice for the rock garden or as edging. Very drought tolerant once established. A native North American wildflower.
Pale Evening Primrose (Oenothera Pallida) – This wonderful flower has several common names: Pale Evening Primrose, White Buttercup, and White Evening Primrose. This perennial establishes readily from Primrose seeds, and once you have smelled its sweet almond fragrance, you will want this flower in your garden! The White Buttercup flower fades to pale pink and is cup-shaped and delicate. The Pale Evening Primrose is vigorous plant and begins blooming just two months after starting the flower seeds which is very unusual for a perennial. Better yet, it will continue to bloom all summer and into fall.
Pale Evening Primrose spreads by underground runners so it can be used as a drought tolerant ground cover or prairie flower. If you don’t want it spreading through the garden, contain it by growing in planter boxes or other containers. PaleEvening Primrose is considered to be hardy in USDA zones 3 – 9.
To sow Evening Primrose seeds outdoors in early spring, prepare weed-free soil and loosen the top 1 – 2 inches. Spread the flower seeds and rake them into the soil and press them in to make good contact with the soil. Keep Oenothera Pallida seeds moist until germination occurs. When seedlings emerge, thin to strongest plants every 9 – 12 inches. Can also sow seeds indoors about 8 weeks before setting out after last frost. Use starter trays or small containers and use 3 – 4 flower seeds per plant.
USDA Zones: 3 – 9
Height: 8 – 16 inches
Bloom Season: Summer and early fall
Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.8 – 6.8
Deer Resistant: Yes
Pack. 30-40 seeds. $3.00