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  • This page will remain accessible as a library page until I have all the species moved to the new page and all the quirks worked out in the new software so it can function as a searchable library.
  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information in this existing library to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.

Oenothera pilosella, Prairie Sundrops

Oenothera pilosella

Prairie Sundrops

  • Average to moderately wet or moderately dry soils
  • Full sun to moderate shade
  • 24” tall, 18’ to 24” wide, Spreading
  • Spring Blooms
  • Ontario Native, Thrives in Meadows and Woodlands

While I’m pretty sure that the Evening Primroses that are quite common in gardens in Eastern Ontario, and that are often given out at plant swaps due to their abundant nature are this species, I started these from seeds from Prairie Moon Nursery to be certain that I’m offering the straight species.

Often mistaken for Ajuga in the early spring, due to their ground-hugging rosettes of rounded burgundy leaves, these shoot up in late May or early June with blooming stems covered in lance shaped, green leaves, topped by buttery yellow blooms that are open through the day and close in the evening. 

Quick to spread these can outcompete less rambunctious plants but coexist perfectly well with Monardas, Asters, Goldenrods and pretty much anyone taller than them. 

Please check out the Prairie Moon listing for more details.

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Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality