Oenothera laciniata

Cutleaf evening-primrose


Synonyms:  Raimannia laciniata

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Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: biennial
Size: Height: 4 to 18 inches    Width: 2 to 5 ft.
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      yellow,red
Fruit Color: 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
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock


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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

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


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.