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Shimmer Evening Primrose

Oenothera fremontii 'Shimmer' PP#19663
SKU: HC016178
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'Shimmer' is all about foliage, flowers, and texture. Blooming with 3-inch bright lemon-yellow flowers in late spring, the plant re-blooms during the summer months. The narrow leaves are pewter-gray and very attractive. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction; Discovered in the garden of Lauren Springer Ogden. 2007 Plant of the Year.
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Botanical Name
Oenothera fremontii 'Shimmer' PP#19663
Native, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Fragrant, Mass Plantings, Container Planting, Rock Gardens
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Mature Height
6-8" tall
Mature Spread
15" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to late summer


10" tall x 15" wide. 'Shimmer' is about foliage, flowers, texture and an exciting new look in the world of native plants. Originally discovered by Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden, this new evening primrose cultivar is an attention-getting plant in and out of bloom. A burst of 3" diameter, lemon-yellow flowers lights up the plant in late spring, followed by flushes of flowers throughout the summer. The extremely narrow gray-green, almost silver leaves have such incredible texture that it is invaluable when contrasting with other colors and types of foliage. I recommend pinching the stem tips several times in spring to create more branching and "thicken up" the plant with more foliage. Try companion plants such as Lavender 'Mitcham Gray,' Gailardia and Salvia 'Wild Thing.' (cutting propagated)
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