An erect to ascending biennial of open ground on light, frequently sandy soils, often in long-lasting, well-naturalised colonies near the sea but usually only casual inland. Lowland.
This species was first cultivated in Britain in 1790, and was found in the wild in the Channel Islands in 1847 and in Britain in 1852. It does not hybridise with the other Oenothera species, and remains scarce.
Native of S. America (Chile).
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
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