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Perennial- Beach Evening Primrose

Beach Evening Primrose
Common Name: Beach Evening Primrose (Beach Suncup)

Botanical Name: Camissonia cheiranthifolia

Family: Onagraceae

Description:  Evergreen perennial; native from Santa Barbara to Oregon

Sun:  Full sun to partial shade

Water: Not much required; tolerates salt

Soil: Sandy soil; natural habitat is sand dunes

Habit and form: Low growing; forms mats up to 3 feet across.  Forms long stems from a central crown.

Flower type: Single, 4 petals, about 1 inch in diameter

Flower color & bloom season: Bright yellow flowers over gray foliage

Pruning time & method: Trim edges if needed to keep neat

Maintenance tips: Prefers salty air and sandy soil

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