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Oenothera fruticosa 'Fireworks' (sundrops)

Oenothera fruticosa 'Fireworks'


(syn. Fyrverkeri)

Confused for many years in the trade, we are proud to carry the true 'Fireworks'. Deep bronze foliage and red stems are contrasted by red buds opening to canary yellow blooms in June. The individual flowers may not last for more than a day or two, but they open in succession leaving the plant in continuous bloom. Burgundy rosettes in winter. More compact and darker than 'Summer Solstice'. The most popular cultivar of the Oenotheras!

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15-18 Inches


12-24 Inches


12-24 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

sundrops Interesting Notes

Oenothera comes from the Greek "Oïnos", wine and "ther", wild animal. For the Ancients, it designated a plant whose roots, soaked in wine, and would have enabled them to tame wild beasts. With many varieties to choose from, these plants will bloom almost 24 hours a day.

Oenothera fruticosa, commonly called sundrops or southern sundrop, is an erect, day-flowering member of the evening primrose family. This native typically grows 15-30” tall and produces terminal clusters of bright yellow four-petaled flowers on stems clad with lanceolate green leaves. Flowers are followed by distinctive club-shaped seed capsules. Each flower is short-lived, but flowers bloom in succession over a fairly long period of two months. The beauty of this variety is its evergreen reddish color in winter.

Sundrops are easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. They prefer heat and dryish soils. They will tolerate poor soils, light shade and some drought. Although sundrops tolerate poor soils, they do better when the soil is supplemented with organic material. Sundrops will grow in partial shade, but flowers best in the more sunny spots. Once a popular pass-along in old fashioned gardens, sundrops are enjoying a renaissance with the growing popularity of native plants and wildflowers.

Moths pollinate the flowers, particularly Sphinx moths. Other occasional visitors include the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, honeybees and bumblebees. The insects seek nectar, although some of the bees collect pollen. - The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The plant is called Evening Primrose because its flowers open at night so they can be pollinated by night-time insects such as the nocturnal sphinx moth. Evening Primrose was known as 'King's Cure-All' for at least 500 years.

Oenothera fruticosa 'Fireworks' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Performs best in full sun to light shade in light and sandy soil. A vigorous, sprawling clump habit. Cut back foliage to promote a new flush of growth to prolong flowering season. Propagate by division, softwood cuttings or seed in early summer. A wonderful addition to borders and perennial beds.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Ornamental Foliage
Native to North America
Propagation Type