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Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE -

Evening prim­rose (Oenothera) The scented, deep yel­low pa­pery flow­ers of the evening prim­rose open at dusk and are pol­li­nated by night-fly­ing in­sects.

Each flower may last only a day, but many more are pro­duced all sum­mer long.

They make neat plants that can be used as fillers in most bor­ders, gravel beds or herb gardens and are a mag­net for but­ter­flies and bees.

They need a sunny, well-drained spot to thrive and the flow­ers don’t al­ways open in the evening but of­ten dur­ing the day.

Good va­ri­eties in­clude O. fruit­cosa Fire­works and O. glauca Erica Robin.

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