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Oenothera fruticosa 'Fyrverkeri'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Bronze and Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Stem

Purple in

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

evening primrose 'Fyrverkeri'

Family

Onagraceae


Oenothera can be annuals, biennials or perennials, upright or spreading in habit, with simple or lobed leaves and bowl-shaped, white, yellow or pink flowers over a long period in summer

'Fyrverkeri' is an erect herbaceous perennial to 50cm in height, with lance-shaped bronze-tinted leaves on purplish stems. Terminal racemes of bright yellow flowers 5cm in width open from reddish buds

Synonym(s)

  • Oenothera fruticosa FIREWORKS
  • Oenothera fruticosa 'Fireworks'
  • Oenothera tetragona 'Fireworks'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile soil that is well-drained, ideal for stony sites in full sun as drought-tolerant

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by division in early spring or autumn. Propagate by softwood cuttings of non-flowering shoots from late spring to midsummer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Wildlife Gardens or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews and a leaf spot