Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Oenothera elata Kunth subsp. hookeri (Torr. & A.Gray) W.Dietr. & W.L.Wagner

Fully hardy erect perennial or biennial with lance-shaped leaves and numerous cup-shaped flowers which, opening at dusk, start pale yellow and age to orange-red, in summer.  To 90cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Oenothera salicifolia was introduced to Britain in 1824.  [JD].  Don.  Saint-Hilaire pl.258/1830.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.170/1845].


Published Oct 13, 2009 - 03:02 PM | Last updated Jul 28, 2010 - 03:34 PM

Figured are the lance-shaped leaves and bright yellow, cup-shaped flowers.  Saint-Hilaire pl.258, 1830.

Oenothera elata Kunth ssp. hookeri (Torr. & A.Gray) W.Dietr. & W.L.Wagner | Saint-Hilaire pl.258/1830 | BHL

Family Onagraceae
Region of origin

North America, Mexico

  • Oenothera salicifolia Desf.
  • Oenothera biennis L.f. hookeri (Torr. & A.Gray) B.Boivin
  • Oenothera hookeri Torr. & A.Gray
Common Name

Hooker?s Evening Primrose

Name in the Camden Park Record

Oenothera salicifolia 

Confidence level high