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Oenothera fruticosa

Sundrops, Southern Sundrops

Scientific Name:

Oenothera fruticosa

Genus:

Oenothera

Species Epithet:

fruticosa

Common Name:

Sundrops, Southern Sundrops

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Onagraceae (Evening-Primrose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Oenothera fruticosa var. fruticosa: Dry forests and woodlands, glades, and rock outcrops (Weakley 2015); common throughout NC.
Var. microcarpa: Boggy depressions; rare in NC Coastal Plain (Weakley 2015).
Var. unguiculata: Sandhills, moist to wet loamy savannas (Weakley 2015); uncommon in NC Coastal Plain. This variety is listed by the NC Natural Heritage Program: NC Rank S2S3; NC Status W7; Global Rank G5T2T3.

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

(*Key)

Global Rank:

(*Key)

State Status:

(*Key)

Blooms

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Closeup of Buds and Blooms

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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