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Fragrant Evening Primrose

Oenothera stricta

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Onagraceae (Willowherb)
Life Cycle:
Annual, Biennial or Perennial
Maximum Size:
60 centimetres tall
Beaches, gardens, grassland, meadows, sand dunes, seaside, woodland.

Yellow, 4 petals
Large, floppy, yellow flowers. Most flowers are smaller than their maximum size but they can reach up to 6cm across. The style is roughly equal in height to the anthers. The tip of the flower spike is usually red and the buds are also sometimes red. The sepals are striped red.
A long, narrow, cylindrical fruit pod. Hairy and widest above the middle.
The leaves make this Evening Primrose easily distinguishable from the rest. The dark green leaves are lance-shaped, narrow and linear. The margins of the leaves have small triangular teeth which are evenly well-spaced. The stems are often tinted red.
Fragrant Evening Primrose is a fragrant flower.
Other Names:
Narrow-leaved Evening Primrose, Ozark's Sundrops.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Oenothera stricta, also known as the Ozark sundrops or narrow-leaved evening primrose, is a species of flowering plant in the evening primrose family. It is native to North America and is found in a variety of habitat types, including grasslands, meadows, and forests. Oenothera stricta is a perennial herb that grows to a height of about 60 cm (2 feet). It has narrow, lance-shaped leaves and small, yellow flowers that bloom in the summer. The flowers are a popular nectar source for bees and other insects. Oenothera stricta is often used in gardens as an ornamental plant, either as a standalone herb or in containers. It is generally easy to grow and does well in well-draining soil. It can tolerate a wide range of conditions, including drought, making it a good choice for dry gardens.


Fragrant Evening Primrose: A Delight for the Senses

The Fragrant Evening Primrose, also known as Oenothera stricta, is a plant that is not only beautiful but also highly fragrant. With its delicate petals and sweet scent, it is easy to see why this plant has become a favorite among gardeners and nature lovers alike. In this blog, we will take a closer look at the Fragrant Evening Primrose and what makes it such a special plant.


The Fragrant Evening Primrose is a small, hardy plant that grows to a height of about 2 feet. Its leaves are long and narrow, and the flowers are bright yellow and up to 3 inches in diameter. The petals of the flower are delicate and frilly, giving the plant a soft and airy appearance. In the late spring and early summer, the plant is covered in a mass of fragrant yellow flowers that are sure to delight anyone who walks by.


The Fragrant Evening Primrose is famous for its sweet, lemony fragrance that can be detected from a distance. The scent is strongest in the evening and early morning, making it the perfect plant to enjoy during those times. The fragrance is not only pleasant to smell but also serves to attract pollinators like moths and butterflies to the plant.

Growing Conditions

The Fragrant Evening Primrose is a hardy plant that is easy to grow in a wide range of soil types. It is drought-tolerant and can grow in full sun or partial shade. However, it is best grown in well-draining soil that is kept evenly moist. The plant can be propagated by seeds or cuttings and will self-seed readily in ideal conditions.


The Fragrant Evening Primrose is not only beautiful but also has a number of uses. Its delicate fragrance makes it an excellent choice for use in perfumes and other fragrances. In addition, the oil from the seeds of the plant can be used in cosmetics and other personal care products. The plant is also a popular choice for use in rock gardens, wildflower gardens, and as a cut flower.

In conclusion, the Fragrant Evening Primrose is a plant that is both beautiful and fragrant. Its sweet scent, bright yellow flowers, and hardiness make it an excellent choice for gardeners and nature lovers alike. Whether you are looking to add a pop of color to your garden or simply enjoy the fragrance of a sweet-smelling flower, the Fragrant Evening Primrose is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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Additionally, the Fragrant Evening Primrose is a great plant for attracting wildlife to your garden. The sweet scent and nectar of the flowers are a favorite among moths, butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. These pollinators play a crucial role in maintaining the health of the local ecosystem, and by planting the Fragrant Evening Primrose, you can help support them in your own backyard.

The plant is also low maintenance and does not require much upkeep. It is resistant to pests and diseases, and it is not commonly browsed by deer or rabbits, making it a great option for gardeners who are looking for a plant that is both easy to care for and attractive to wildlife.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Fragrant Evening Primrose is considered an invasive species in some areas, so it is important to research the plant's status in your region before planting it. In areas where it is considered invasive, it is important to take steps to prevent it from spreading and to remove it when necessary.

In conclusion, the Fragrant Evening Primrose is a versatile and attractive plant that is easy to grow and care for. Its delicate fragrance and bright yellow flowers make it a joy to have in any garden, and its ability to attract pollinators and other wildlife only adds to its appeal.

Another aspect to consider is that the Fragrant Evening Primrose is also known for its medicinal properties. The plant has a long history of use in traditional medicine, particularly among Native American tribes. The roots and leaves of the plant have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including skin conditions, digestive issues, and menstrual cramps.

It is important to note that the medicinal use of the Fragrant Evening Primrose should only be done under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional, as the plant can have side effects and may interact with certain medications. However, it is still interesting to note the various ways that the plant has been used throughout history.

Aside from its medicinal properties, the Fragrant Evening Primrose is also a valuable source of food for wildlife. The seeds and foliage of the plant provide nourishment for birds, small mammals, and other animals. By planting the Fragrant Evening Primrose in your garden, you can help to provide food and shelter for a variety of wildlife species, making it a great addition to any wildlife garden.

In conclusion, the Fragrant Evening Primrose is a valuable and versatile plant that offers a multitude of benefits. From its beautiful appearance and sweet fragrance, to its ability to attract wildlife and its medicinal properties, this plant is truly a delight for the senses.


Fragrant Evening Primrose filmed in Lytham St. Anne's, Lancashire on the 12th June 2023.


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Prelude No. 9 by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

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