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Oenothera tetragona

Four-angled Sundrops, Appalachian Sundrops, Northern Sundrops

Scientific Name:

Oenothera tetragona

Genus:

Oenothera

Species Epithet:

tetragona

Common Name:

Four-angled Sundrops, Appalachian Sundrops, Northern Sundrops

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Onagraceae (Evening-Primrose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

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, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Dry forests and woodlands, roadsides. Frequent to common in the mountains and foothills of the Piedmont; probably uncommon into the lower portions of the Piedmont, but as O. fruticosa is so common there, the abundance level of O. tetragona is not clear.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure, GNR: Unknown (*Key)

Notes:

A number of references do not consider this as a valid species, including it within O. fruticosa. Note that NatureServe does not consider this as a valid species (GNA rank), so the website editors are assigning the default G5 Global Rank, as it is certainly a common entity, whatever it is named.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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