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Oenothera fruticosa 'Fireworks' (sundrops)

Oenothera fruticosa 'Fireworks'

sundrops or syn: Kneiffia fruticosa

(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!

SIZE
Oenothera fruticosa 'Fireworks' LP50 - 50 per flat Availability
Oenothera fruticosa 'Fireworks' - 72 per flat Availability
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Height

15-18 Inches

Spread

12-24 Inches

Spacing

12-24 Inches

Bloom Color

Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

sundrops Interesting Notes

Confused for many years in the trade, we are proud to carry the true Oenothera fruticosa 'Fireworks'. Deep bronze foliage and striking red stems are contrasted by red buds opening to canary yellow blooms in June. Plants grow up to 18” tall but spread wide over time. 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 cover the ground and provide winter interest. ‘Fireworks’, also known as ‘Fyrverkeri’ is more compact and darker than 'Summer Solstice'. The most popular cultivar of the Oenotheras!

Oenothera fruticosa is native to dry soil, open fields, and open woods from Nova Scotia to Florida. It performs best in full sun to light shade in light and sandy soil. Overall, the plant has a vigorous and sprawling clump habit – to encourage a new flush of growth and to prolong the flowering season, cut back foliage to basal crown mid-summer. An additional benefit to this plant is its evergreen basal rosette during the winter that becomes a bright green-red – great for groundcover to deter winter annuals in a planting.

Oenothera fruticosa supports specialist species, including Melissodes fimbriatus and Lasioglossum oenotherae. Moths pollinate the flowers, particularly Sphinx moths. Other occasional visitors include the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, honeybees and bumblebees.  Sundrops are a cheerful addition to a perennial border and also look wonderful dotted into a warm-season grass meadow, bringing a punctuation of seasonal cheer as it blooms. We have noticed its ability to self-sow freely and that is a consideration when choosing this native plant for a planting a design. Unlike other plants in the genus Oenothera, O. fruticosa is easy to remove if it spreads beyond its original planting design. 

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.

Good Substitutions

sundrops Oenothera fruticosa

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Groundcover
Groundcover
Summer
Summer

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Dry
Average
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative (FAC)
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Landscape Plug™
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Native to North America
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Propagation Type
Vegetative