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Dune Primrose
Oenothera deltoides
  
About Dune Primrose (Oenothera deltoides) 5 Nurseries Carry This Plant Oenothera deltoides is a species of evening primrose known by several common names, including birdcage evening primrose, basket evening primrose, lion in a cage, and devil's lantern. It is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, where it grows in sandy habitats from desert to beach. The plant is grayish with basal, deltoid leaves. The large white flowers turn pinkish as they mature. When the plants die, the stems curl upward and form the "birdcage" for which the common name is derived.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual Herb, Perennial herb

Size
Size
0.33 - 3.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Pink

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Fall

Wildlife Supported
 


Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low, Very Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers beach sand

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy, often dunes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 2.4" - 25.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.70", Coldest Month: 29.0" - 61.4", Hottest Month: 57.0" - 88.8", Humidity: 0.68" - 42.79", Elevation: -185" - 6577"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Basket Evening Primrose, Birdcage Evening Primrose, Birdcage Evening-primrose, Birdcage Eveningprimrose, Lion In Cage


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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