Oenothera macrocarpa

Common name: Missouri Evening Primrose

Native plant

Missouri Evening Primrose typically grows 8-14" tall and features very large, mildly fragrant, bright yellow flowers. The flowers open for only one day usually starting late afternoon and remaining open until the following morning. although the individual flowers are short-lived, bloom time can last well over 2 months in the right conditions.  Easily grown in average, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates poor soils, drought and some light shade.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands

Growth form

Ground cover, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
8 Inches
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
10 Inches
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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