Perfect Primrose – Bartram’s Oenothera grandiflora

William Bartram’s Oenothera grandiflora has had a good year in the Automatic Garden and it may be because the rabbit that habitually ate the plant has moved on.  It is otherwise known as Evening Primrose and blooms as the sun sets.  I spotted this perfect full cluster early in the morning, grabbed my camera and headed out in my jammies to get a shot before the yellow blooms closed.  With the humidity near 90%, I had to continually wipe the moisture from my lens to get a clear photo.

I originally got the seeds at Bartram’s Garden in 2009 with a note on the packet that germination requirements are unknown and if you figure it out, you’ll get a free packet of seeds.  I figured it out and took on the challenge, growing the Evening Primrose in garden beds and flower pots out of the rabbit’s reach for the last ten years. I have been successful and harvest enough seeds for the next year’s Evening Primroses.


15 Comments on “Perfect Primrose – Bartram’s Oenothera grandiflora”

  1. Those are pretty! Well done.Is that the menopause supplement plant?

  2. shoreacres says:

    What a beautiful flower. And good for you, meeting the challenge. Did you share your knowledge and get your free seeds?

  3. Deb says:

    They are really a delicate looking flower.

  4. Tina says:

    Great story and what a nice reward! It’s beautiful.

  5. I am so glad that someone else visits the garden in pajamas.

  6. tonytomeo says:

    That really does look more like a Primula than an Oenothera. There are native Oenotheras here, but none actually look like primrose.


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