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Unknown Evening Primrose

RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
edited September 2018 in Plants
Could anyone help me with an identity please.
I have been given an Evening Primrose with pretty leaves and have been told it is perennial and has cream flowers. The leaves are about 20 to 22cms (8 or 9 inches old money). I have tried looking up the description but often they are flowers with no leaf detail. 
I do appreciate you cannot say what cultivar exactly but it would help me to know what to look for and have a vague idea. Thank you.

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  • Judging by the leaves, it's an Oenothera versicolour, like 'Sunset boulevard' or 'Lemon sunset'.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,966
    edited September 2018
    Have a look at Oenothera caespitosa

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    Thanks @BobTheGardener, versicolour helps.
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    @Dove thank you too, that does have cream flowers.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,067
    I'd go for O.caespitosa too ; plant somewhere sunny and very free-draining .

    Can be very short lived otherwise .
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,162
    I think I favour O. versicolor

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  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    edited October 2018
    Thanks @nutcutlet and @PaulB3.
    I think mine has a red central vein , and the versicolour looks more likely, though they both have the "spiney" leaves.
    The cultural conditions look similar though, so out with the compost and grit. I might keep it overwintered in a pot for this year with our clay based soil.
    Thanks everyone.
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