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Audubon Native Bigfruit Evening Primrose and native birds
Native Bigfruit Evening Primrose
Native Bigfruit Evening Primrose perennial yellow flowers on white
Native Bigfruit Evening Primrose
Native Regions map for Bigfruit Evening Primrose
House Wren
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Eastern Bluebird
Audubon Native Bigfruit Evening Primrose and native birds
Native Bigfruit Evening Primrose
Native Bigfruit Evening Primrose perennial yellow flowers on white
Native Bigfruit Evening Primrose
Native Regions map for Bigfruit Evening Primrose
House Wren
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Eastern Bluebird



  • Large, 3-inch, flowers bloom in summer
  • Plant these beauties in multiples add an incredible flowering effect as they are a heavy bloomer
  • Large dark-green lanceolate leaves
  • May Benefit & Attract: Hummingbirds, sparrows, finches, wood warblers, wrens, thrushes, vireos
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-7
  • Mature Height: 6-12" tall
  • Mature Width: 6-12" wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 8-16" apart

Audubon® Native Bigfruit Evening Primrose

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Why plant Audubon® Native Bigfruit Evening Primrose?

A Spirit for night owls! Missouri Evening Primrose waits until afternoon to open its large, fragrant, lemon-yellow flowers, and it keeps them open until morning. This schedule allows the blossoms to be pollinated by sphinx moths, an interesting group of insects to watch as they do their work. One particularly entertaining type is the hummingbird sphinx moth. If you’ve ever seen one, you were probably convinced that it actually was a tiny hummingbird—they hover just like them! Plant this low-growing beauty at the front of your moon garden, native garden, or mixed border, where it will make a handsome edging.

Our country is blessed with some of the world’s finest wildflowers—flowers that have fortunately found their way into our gardens as well. Missouri Evening Primrose is one of these special Spirits; from late spring through mid- to late summer, it lights up American prairies, gardens and roadsides. You’ll find it in the wild from Nebraska to Illinois and south to Texas and northern Mexico. Missouri Primrose enjoys dry, rocky areas and will thrive with a minimum of water and fuss in your landscape.

How to use Audubon® Native Bigfruit Evening Primrose in the landscape?

Missouri Evening Primrose has cool, wavy foliage that comes up late. Because of its late arrival in the spring, it makes a good partner for early-blooming bulbs like Crocuses. The bulbs will give you blossoms to enjoy in early spring, and their flowers and foliage will fade away in time for Evening Primrose to strut its stuff.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

How To Plant Audubon® Native Bigfruit Evening Primrose

Although Missouri Evening Primrose is native to the southern Plains states, it’s extremely adaptable and can be grown in many other regions of the U.S. The two things it requires wherever it’s grown is sunshine and good drainage. Free-draining soil is especially important in areas with wet winters, as the roots are susceptible to rotting in those conditions. Evening Primrose sets large seedpods in late summer (they make interesting additions to dried arrangements). You can scatter the seed to encourage new seedlings to appear. This Spirit doesn’t like to be divided, so scattering seed is the most effective way to make more plants.

How To Water

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Each fall, just before winter sets in clean up the previous years foliage and compost it. Be sure your perennials are mulched well for winter protection. Two inches of an organic mulch will do the job. Consider leaving the plant debris in place through the winter and doing your clean up on the weather warms in the spring. While it doesn't make things neat and tidy, the debris provides overwintering protection for insects, their eggs and pupae including our native Viceroy butterfly.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-7

How Does Shipping Work?

Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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