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Sundrops

Oenothera tetragona

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Sundrops (Oenothera tetragona) at Minor's Garden Center

Sundrops flowers

Sundrops flowers

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Sundrops (Oenothera tetragona) at Minor's Garden Center

Sundrops flowers

Sundrops flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  20 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Yellow Sundrops

Ornamental Features

Sundrops has masses of beautiful yellow cup-shaped flowers along the stems from mid spring to mid summer, which emerge from distinctive indian red flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its narrow leaves are green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous burgundy in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

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 plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Sundrops is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Sundrops will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 20 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 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 15 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 not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

Sizes Available:

4.5" Cont. $5.49

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features
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