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Oenothera cespitosa ~ Fragrant Evening Primrose, Tufted Evening Primrose

Oenothera cespitosa is common in the desert parts of California and Western US. Oenothera cespitosa is often listed as Oenothera caespitosa, the former is the accepted name. Oenothera cespitosa is a showy perennial growing 8" to a foot tall and spreading up to 3 feet. Oenothera cespitosa goes by the common names of Fragrant Evening Primrose or Tufted Evening Primrose. Oenothera cespitosa can be found in bloom Spring through Fall easily stimulated by a summer monsoon or a simulated one. Oenothera cespitosa is not particular about soils and not to particular about being overwatered, though it is quite drought tolerant. The fragrance is most noticable at night. Oenothera cespitosa attracts the sphinx moth.

Oenothera cespitosa, Fragrant Evening Primrose, Tufted Evening Primrose

White flowers of Oenothera cespitosa - Fragrant Evening Primrose, Tufted Evening Primrose. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Other plant pages from the genus Oenothera featured on this site:
Oenothera elata hookeri
Oenothera fremontii Shimmer
Oenothera missouriensis
Oenothera speciosa