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African Sun Sundrops

Oenothera fruticosa 'African Sun'

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African Sun Sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa 'African Sun') at Moana Nursery

African Sun Sundrops flowers

African Sun Sundrops flowers

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Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  20 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Evening Primrose

Description:

A low spreading plant with bright yellow cup-shaped flowers above the plant in early to mid-summer; blooms will open in daytime on this variety; a vigorous grower that tolerates dry conditions; excellent for sunny dry areas, containers and rock gardens

Ornamental Features

African Sun Sundrops has masses of beautiful lightly-scented yellow cup-shaped flowers along the stems from early to mid summer, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

African Sun Sundrops is an herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

African Sun Sundrops is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

African Sun Sundrops will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.