Audubon® Bigfruit Evening Primrose
Shipping Autumn of 2021
A Spirit for night owls! Missouri Evening Primrose waits until afternoon to open its large, fragrant, lemon-yellow flowers, and it keeps them open until morning. This schedule allows the blossoms to be pollinated by sphinx moths, an interesting group of insects to watch as they do their work. One particularly entertaining type is the hummingbird sphinx moth. If you’ve ever seen one, you were probably convinced that it actually was a tiny hummingbird—they hover just like them! Plant this low-growing beauty at the front of your moon garden, native garden, or mixed border, where it will make a handsome edging.
May Benefit & Attract: hummingbirds, sparrows, finches, wood warblers, wrens, thrushes, vireos
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
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Our country is blessed with some of the world’s finest wildflowers—flowers that have fortunately found their way into our gardens as well. Missouri Evening Primrose is one of these special Spirits; from late spring through mid- to late summer, it lights up American prairies, gardens and roadsides. You’ll find it in the wild from Nebraska to Illinois and south to Texas and northern Mexico. Missouri Primrose enjoys dry, rocky areas and will thrive with a minimum of water and fuss in your landscape.
Missouri Evening Primrose has cool, wavy foliage that comes up late. Because of its late arrival in the spring, it makes a good partner for early-blooming bulbs like Crocuses. The bulbs will give you blossoms to enjoy in early spring, and their flowers and foliage will fade away in time for Evening Primrose to strut its stuff.
How to Grow
Although Missouri Evening Primrose is native to the southern Plains states, it’s extremely adaptable and can be grown in many other regions of the U.S. The two things it requires wherever it’s grown is sunshine and good drainage. Free-draining soil is especially important in areas with wet winters, as the roots are susceptible to rotting in those conditions. Evening Primrose sets large seedpods in late summer (they make interesting additions to dried arrangements). You can scatter the seed to encourage new seedlings to appear. This Spirit doesn’t like to be divided, so scattering seed is the most effective way to make more plants.
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