Oenothera laciniata

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Cutleaf Evening-primrose


Also known as Raimannia laciniata

Plant Specifics

Size:4 to 18 inches ft tall by 2 to 5 ft. ft wide
Life Span:Biennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Green
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Can be grown as a groundcover but probably best welcomed into a multi-species planting where its flowers bring color to an planting of low greenery.
Considerations:This species can be weedy.
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)
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Neutral to calcareous



Bobwhite, mourning dove and gold finches feed on the seeds


Attracts native bees, butterflies and moths.  Especially interesting to native bees.

Native Habitats:Cutleaf evening-primrose is found most often in sandy and limerock based soils, and favors disturbed areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:The seeds and leaves of this plant used for food and medicinal applications by the Cherokee.
General 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.