Oenothera odorata Jacq.

Fully hardy, erect, rosette-forming perennial with somewhat crinkled leaves, red-tinged stems and fragrant yellow flowers opening at night, turning red as they age, in summer.  To 90cm.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘First raised in Europe in 1790, from seeds collected in Patagonia, which came into the hands of Sir Joseph Banks by purchase, and were through him, communicated to Jacquin, who first published a figure of our plant in his Icones plantarum rariorum.’  [BM t.2403/1823].  BR f.147/1816.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.167/1845].


Oenothera odorata Hook. & Arn. (1839) = Oenothera biennis L.  [See Oenothera biennis L. var. grandiflora (L’Hér.) Lindl.].

Published Oct 12, 2009 - 03:42 PM | Last updated Jul 28, 2010 - 03:36 PM

Figured are the crinkled, lance-shaped leaves and yellow bowl-shaped flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2403, 1823.

Oenothera odorata Jacq. | BM t.2403/1823 | BHL

More details about Oenothera odorata Jacq.
Family Onagraceae
Region of origin


  • Oenothera undulata Ait.
  • Raimannia odorata Sprague & Riley 
Common Name

Fragrant evening primrose

Name in the Camden Park Record

Oenothera odorata 

Confidence level high