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Desert Evening Primrose
Oenothera primiveris
About Desert Evening Primrose (Oenothera primiveris) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Oenothera primiveris is a species of flowering plant in the evening primrose family known by the common name desert evening primrose. It is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, where it grows in many types of desert habitat. This is a hairy annual herb producing a dense rosette of leaves in which the inflorescence occurs; there is generally no true stem. The green or grayish leaves are up to 28 centimeters long and have wavy or crinkled edges, or are cut into deep lobes or teeth. Flowers arise from the axils of the leaves. Each flower has yellow petals up to 4 centimeters in length which fade orange or red with age. The fruit is a straight or curving capsule up to 6 centimeters in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual Herb, Perennial herb

1.2 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Orange, Green, Red

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 3.0" - 13.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.27" - 3.11", Coldest Month: 34.0" - 59.9", Hottest Month: 61.4" - 88.3", Humidity: 3.45" - 40.77", Elevation: 209" - 7763"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Desert Eveningprimrose

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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