Oenothera elata ssp. hookeri

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Oenothera elata ssp. hookeri
Oenothera elata ssp. hookeri
Oenothera elata ssp. hookeri

Species Name: Oenothera elata ssp. hookeri
Common Name: Hooker's Evening Primrose

Beautiful yellow flower stalks arch up 3-4 feet high from a basal rosette of leaves. Does well near coastal areas. Hardy and reseeds very well.

Plant Family: Onagraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1-4' H x 1-2' W
Growth Habit: Basal leaves w/tall flowering stalks
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Central West, Southwest
Natural Habitat: Moist, coastal, slightly inland sandy bluffs below 700'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Biennial 4 to 6 feet high. Stout reddish stems, light green lanceolate leaves. Flowers large, bright yellow, opening in the evening. Found growing along streams and in wet places. very showy and easy to grow. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.