Shimmer Evening Primrose

Oenothera fremontii 'Shimmer' PP #19,663

Lemon yellow, crepe-paper blossoms shimmer in the warmth of the sun, and at night emit a lovely fragrance. The low, compact mound of lacy, silver-green foliage is durable and drought tolerant when established, making this a very useful perennial in areas with lean, sandy soils and a great selection for dry mountain states. An herbaceous perennial.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationee-no-THEE-ruh free-MON-tee-eye
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 6 to 10 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring, repeating in summer and fall.
Design IdeasPlant in rockeries, a xeriscape or at the front of a dry border. Perfect for brightening up otherwise drab roadside beds.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
Growth HabitCompact, Mounding
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Edging, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsGaura (Gaura); Salvia (Salvia); Phlox (Phlox); Pinks (Dianthus); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)

Highly adaptable to most well-drained soils; avoid heavy, soggy soils. Water regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Feed with a slow release fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Remove spent blooms to reduce self-seeding.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-7

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