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Native Plant of the Week: Sundrops

Family: Onagraceae


Name: Oenothera fruticosa - Northern Sundrops


Bloom Time: May - June


Flower: Yellow


Soil Condition: Dry to Moist


Light: Sun - Partial Sun


Height: 24-36" tall by 36" wide


Native Range: Eastern North America including Long Island


Zone: 4 to 8

Photos: Flower and fall/winter foliage rosette (KMS Native Plants)


Sundrops is the day-blooming member of the biennial (blooms every other year) evening primrose family. The bright yellow flowers are beautiful in a mixed garden and they make a great ground cover. The evergreen foliage rosettes are a deep burgundy from late fall throughout the winter.


Maintenance: Not necessary but you may cut it back in the summer to keep it tidy


Benefits: Nectar source, pollinators including specialized native bees, hummingbirds may frequent the flowers, songbirds eat the seeds, black walnut tolerant, moderately deer and rabbit resistant, tolerates moderate foot traffic, host plant to several moth species, erosion control


Companion Plants: Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Weed, Monarda punctata - Spotted Horsemint, Monarda bradburiana - Eastern Bee Balm, Blephilia ciliata - Downy Wood Mint, Sporobolus heterolepis - Northern Dropseed, Phlox subulata - Moss Phlox


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