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Common Name: White Evening Primrose

Scientific Name: Oenothera pallida

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Erosion control

~Wildflower plantings

~As a pollinator

Height: 1/2 - 1 1/2 feet

Colors: White to pale pink

Flowering Season: Mid-spring to early fall

Soil Types: Loam, sand or gravelly

Tolerances: Drought

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 10 - 14 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 2 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 850,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/8 inch deep

Stratification Requirements: None

Category: Forbs



White Evening Primrose, also known as Pale Evening Primrose, is a drought-tolerant perennial plant that has a low-growing habit and thrives when exposed to full sunlight. Its eye-catching white flowers are in full bloom from May through September, adding a touch of elegance to the landscape. This hardy plant is particularly well-suited to environments such as valleys, foothills, and dry, open areas characterized by sandy or gravelly soil. It's equally at home in various natural settings, ranging from desert regions to mountainous terrain and open plains.


White Evening Primrose is highly regarded for its utility in erosion control and beautification projects. Its ability to withstand dry and challenging conditions, combined with its attractive floral display, makes it a popular choice for enhancing landscapes, preventing soil erosion, and adding aesthetic appeal to both natural and cultivated areas.



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Photo Credit: Matt Lavin

White Evening Primrose


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