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Tall Evening Primrose, Hooker's Evening Primrose

Oenothera elata

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
1-3' × 6"-1'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season June-October
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range -20 °F
Leaf Description Dense bunches of slightly hairy leaves clustered around the base of the plant
Fruit Seed pods vaguely resemble a small, hairy pickle with seeds located in 4 chambers within the pod.
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Elevation Range 2000-9000 ft.
Ethnobotany Used as a ceremonial emetic, as a cold remedy, for sores, swellings, mumps, as a life medicine, as a yellow dye, as a good luck charm, and a means to repel snakes.
Description Found in mountain ranges across southern, central, eastern, and northern AZ on roadsides, slopes, and disturbed sites. Plants start out as a basal rosette of leaves before putting up numerous tall flower stalks topped by light yellow blooms. This species looks particularly good in mass plantings where the tall flower stalks will make the biggest impact.