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Oenothera minima

Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Oenothera (ee-no-THEE-ruh) (Info)
Species: minima (MIN-eh-muh) (Info)

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USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Weezingreens On Jul 31, 2005, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

This plant seems quite hardy in our damp USDA Zone 3. It's a wonderful little charmer.

Positive saya On Jun 29, 2004, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Just like little candy. A very tiny oenothera with tiny flowers that are open during daytime. It keeps on blooming when you trim it now and then ...easy and nice along a gardenpath.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Seward, Alaska
Isle, Minnesota
Greenfield, New Hampshire
Glouster, Ohio
Mc Minnville, Tennessee
Colonial Heights, Virginia

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