Synonyms: Raimannia laciniata
Life Span: biennial
Size: Height: 4 to 18 inches Width: 2 to 5 ft.
Flower Color: yellow,red
Fruit Color: green
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage
Recommended Uses: ground cover
Propagation: By root division and seed. Following fertilization, the ovary of the flower will morph into a capsule. As the seeds mature, the capsule will dry-out and eventually split, releasing the seeds. Readily self-seeds, the seeds can remain viable for many years. Seeds available at Native American Seed (seedsource.com)
Availability: Specialty providers
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock
Attracts native bees, butterfly and moth.Bobwhite, mourning dove and gold finches feed on the seeds
Native Habitats: Cutleaf evening-primrose is found most often in sandy and limerock based soils, and favors disturbed areas.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Ethnobotany: The seeds and leaves of this plant used for food and medicinal applications by the Cherokee.
Other Comments: As the name infers, the flowers of this plant open at night. Once the sun starts coming up, the flowers will begin to wilt. By night fall the flowers are spent.