Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Missouri Evening Primrose, Bigfruit Evening Primrose

Missouri Evening Primrose, Bigfruit Evening Primrose 

Oenothera macrocarpa

Full sun, medium to moderately dry moisture level, tolerates poor soils including clay.  8-12 inches height, blooms late spring through summer, bright yellow flowers, will self-seed under optimum growing conditions.

Germination Code:  C(60)

Native Region:  Only occurs in Wilson and Rutherford counties of the Central Basin Plateau

Designated a “Threatened Species” in Tennessee.  Low maintenance plant with stunning, large yellow flowers on a somewhat sprawling mound of leaves and stems.  Easy to grow.  Will grow in fertile soil but has a hard time competing with other plants.  Attracts hummingbirds, moths and bees.


One response to “Missouri Evening Primrose, Bigfruit Evening Primrose

  1. Kayla January 22, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Primerose is awesome for women to use as an herb. I used it when I was trying to conceive. Many midwives use primrose oil to help prepare a woman’s body for labor. It is also just a darling flower to look at.

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