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Oenothera fru­ti­cosa ‘Sun­drops’ is a spread­ing, yel­low prim­rose that only flow­ers in day­light. An up­right, clump-form­ing peren­nial (20–30cm high) it flow­ers in late spring to early sum­mer. Vig­or­ous roots en­able the plant to spread quickly and eas­ily. It’s wa­ter wise and needs very lit­tle care.

Grow­ing tips: It thrives in sun or light shade in or­di­nary gar­den soil. Once es­tab­lished, it’s drought tol­er­ant, but per­forms bet­ter with some wa­ter­ing. Don’t over­wa­ter or it will de­velop leaves at the ex­pense of flow­ers.

What Leoné likes: “It’s a great pi­o­neer plant in newly es­tab­lished gar­dens as it adds colour and fo­liage while other plants are still grow­ing. It com­bines well with grasses and other self-seed­ing flow­ers in meadow-style plant­ings, in rocky ar­eas and as a com­pan­ion for suc­cu­lents.”

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