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 fruticosa L. subsp. glauca (Michx.) Standl.

Fully hardy, erect perennial or biennial with light yellow saucer- to cup-shaped flowers opening during the day from late spring to late summer.  To 90cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘First collected by Mr. John Fraser, in the year 1808, and soon afterwards introduced into this country.  It is a hardy perennial.  Propagated by seeds or by parting its roots. […] The specific name was given by Mr. Pursh, in honour of the discoverer, who travelled with his late father in North-America in search of plants.  To these laborious collectors the Botanical Magazine has frequently been indepbted for the opportunity of publishing new and rare plants.  To their industry, indeed, ought to be attributed the acquisition of many more of the valuable plants which adorn our gardens, than is generally known.’  [BM t.1674/1814].  

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.162/1850].


Published Oct 12, 2009 - 02:51 PM | Last updated Jul 28, 2010 - 03:34 PM

Figured are bright green ovate leaves and shallow cup-shaped yellow flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1674, 1814.

Oenothera fruticosa L. ssp. glauca (Michx.) Standl. | BM t.1674/1814 | BHL

Family Onagraceae
Region of origin

North America

  • Oenothera fraseri Pursh
  • Oenothera glauca Michx.
  • Oenothera tetragona Roth. var. fraseri (Pursh.) Munz.
  • Oenothera glauca Michx. var. fraseri (Pursh) Torr. & A.Gray  
  • Oenothera fruticosa L. var. fraseri (Pursh) Hook. 
Common Name

Narrowleaf Evening Primrose

Name in the Camden Park Record

Oenothera Frazeri 

Confidence level high