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A new world genus. A number of species have vespartine flowers, which means they open in the evening and accounts for one of their common names. They make fine additions to the border or rock garden; easy to grow in full sun to light shade. For enthusiasts, I recommend Claude Barr's "Jewels of the Plains" (1983). Barr introduced over 80 species from the plains into cultivation including several superb Oenotheras.

OENOTHERA argillicola New July-August3754
Shale Barren Evening Primrose1-1.5m
A showy biennial endemic of the Appalachian shale barrens, occurring in the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania. Is able to exist in habitats other than shale barrens, but always requires a dry, open site with little or no competition. Erect or ascending stems hold glossy, narrow, lance-shaped leaves. Large yellow flowers in late summer. Will reliably self-sow.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20+ seeds  $4.00   

OENOTHERA flava taraxoidesSummer2418
Dandelion Evening Primrose20cm
Restricted to Arizona and New Mexico, this is the “dandelion subspecies” of yellow evening primose, so-called for the resemblance of its foliage to dandelion leaves. The large yellow flowers emerge directly from the base on red stems. Very limited.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

OENOTHERA glaziovianaSummer2419
Large-Flowered Evening Primrose90-120cm  Zone: 3
With a worldwide distribution, mostly as an introduced species; its exact native origins are obscure. It may be a European hybrid of two North American species. A biennial or perennia with very large yellow flowers in summer. The garden writer, Tina James, popularized this plant and according to rumor hosted ‘Evening Primrose Parties’ starring this beauty.

"You can host a ‘Primrose Party’ this year and actually see the large flowers slowly open (like in time lapse photography) right before your eyes. I watched the bright yellow flowers begin to open at 8:10 PM and by 8:20 they were fully open. The blossoms exude a beautiful lemon-lily and honeysuckle blend perfume. This is one of the most pristine and freshest scents that your nose can inhale at any one moment."
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   

OENOTHERA speciosaAll Season2414
Showy Primrose10-15cm  Zone: 5
Day bloomer with grayish-green linear leaves and cup-shaped pink flowers. Drought-resistant. Vigorous grower spreading by stolons, so best planted where it can form a colony without interference to other plants. Blooms over a long period first year and has a sweet, light fragrance. Allow to self-sow as it may not reliably overwinter in your area.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.50   

About 25 species of mainly biennial, thistlelike plants, native to Europe, North Africa and Asia with large, prickly leaves and flower heads of purple, violet or white.

Most members of this genus have weed status in some parts of the world (most notably the Southern Hemisphere). Some cause problems for livestock if they ingest the prickly foliage. Please grow them conscientiously---deadheading so the seed does not escape the boundaries of your own garden.

ONOPORDUM acanthiumSummer2421
Scotch Thistle240cm  Zone: 3
I never cease being awe-struck by this plant in its flowering year; truly magnificent! It has a huge pure-silver presence more like a sculpture than a growing plant, with web-like silvery hairs on branching, architectural stems. Deep pink-purple thistle flowers. You will need thick gloves to clear away the carcass in the fall, but worth every prickle.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.50   

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