Every purchase supports the work of the RHS Every purchase supports the work of the RHS
  • evening primrose
  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 0.6m

Oenothera biennis

evening primrose

Perfect for pollinators
approx 500 seeds £2.49
approx 500 seeds £2.49
Quantity
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: poor to moderately-fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Evening primroses are prized for their ephemeral flowers that open at night and fade by dawn, and for their delicate fragrance that fills the air at dusk. The bowl-shaped, pale yellow flowers which appear on tall spikes from June to September seem to glow as the light fades and age to dark golden-yellow. They are happiest in a sunny, well-drained border or wildlife garden, and as the name suggests, are biennial. The flowers are an important source of nectar for bees and other insects and the seeds are used commercially for making evening primrose oil.

  • Garden care: Protect the young foliage from slug damage using beer traps or environmentally-friendly slug pellets.

  • Sow: March - June or October

  • Flowering: July-August

  • Approximate quantity: 500 seeds
Share

Goes well with...

  • Slug trap
    Slug trap
    £6.99 Buy
  • Nicotiana Lime Green
    Nicotiana 'Lime Green'
    £2.49 Buy
  • Slug gone wool pellets
    Slug gone wool pellets
    £17.99 Buy
  • Cistus × hybridus
    Cistus × hybridus
    £13.99 Buy