Desert Primrose ( Oenothera deltoides )

Desert Primrose

Desert Primrose

The Desert Primrose ( Oenothera deltoides ) is a small bush-like flowering planet with delicate white flowers.  The primrose ranges from 2″ to 18″ high and frequents the sand dunes of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts as well as the Great Basin.

The Desert Primrose blooms from January through May during which the 2 – 3″ bloom opens in the evening and closes mid morning.  The small oval shaped branches are pale green in color grow to about 4 inches in length.

The Desert Primrose is also known by the following common names:

  • Basket Evening Primrose
  • Birdcage Evening Primrose
  • Devil’s Lantern
  • Lion-in-a-Cage