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The biennial perennial with the eye-catching, brightly colored flowers forms loose clumps and overwinters as an evergreen, basal rosette of leaves. The leaves, which are up to eight centimeters long, are on erect stems that are up to 60 centimeters high in some varieties. From June to September, mostly bright yellow, bowl-shaped flowers develop from reddish buds. But there are also white or pink varieties.

Evening primroses and lavender not only go well together visually

Which location does the evening primrose prefer?

Evening primroses need a sunny to full sun location. Where it is shady, only a few flowers form.

Which soil conditions make sense for the evening primrose?

A nutrient-poor to moderately nutrient-rich, permeable and rather dry soil forms the right basis for a lush evening primrose bloom. The perennial does not tolerate moisture very well.

When is the evening primrose sown?

Sowing takes place between April and June directly outdoors, whereby the seeds should be covered with soil about two centimeters thick. In addition, the plant sows itself quite reliably. After the seedlings have emerged, you should separate them to about 25 centimeters.

When can the evening primrose be planted?

Basically, only modern hybrid breeds are planted directly, which cannot be propagated by seeding. Planting takes place in spring.

How many plants do you have to calculate per square meter?

Depending on the type and variety, plant between six and twelve evening primroses per square meter.

How is the evening primrose propagated?

Propagation is by sowing seeds in spring or by half-ripe cuttings that you can cut off non-flowering shoots by early summer.

When does the evening primrose bloom?

The flowering period of the evening primrose extends from June to September and can be extended by regularly cutting back faded parts of the plant.

Good Neighbors / Bad Neighbors

Evening primroses harmonize particularly well with lavender (Lavandula), holy herb (Santolina), cistus (Cistus), spurflowers (Centranthus ruber), burning love (Silene chalcedonica), fine rays (Erigeron) or low sun bride (Helenium).


The cushion-like Missouri evening primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa) looks particularly beautiful when it hangs over a natural stone wall and stretches its cheerful flowers towards the sun. The undemanding perennial thrives excellently in the cracks of dry stone walls.

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