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Sundrops Sundrops Text by Nancy Trang
Photos © Kim Hosen, Merrimac Farm WMA, Nokesville, VA; June 2007, 2010 & 2013
 

Sundrop
Oenothera fruticosa
Willowherb Family, Onagraceae

The gorgeous sundrop flower is like a yellow drop of sunlight. The bright yellow flower is very resilient and can grow in almost any type of soil as long as it has sun. In fact, sundrops thrive in full sun, and therefore, they are drought resistant.

The sundrop flower can be found in the wild and is often grown in gardens. It is easy to grow and adds color and brightness to a garden.

Sundrops are native to eastern North America, and are usually found in sunny environments where there is an optimal amount of sunlight. The flowers attract many butterflies as well as hummingbirds.

The sundrop is a perennial flower that blooms from May to June. However, before the yellow flower blooms, its buds are a bright red color.

The sundrop is also known as the sun cup and evening primrose, for the plant is part of the primrose family. The plant can grow up to 2 feet high and the flowers are about 2 inches wide.

Some scientists believe that the Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma used to boil and eat the leaves of the sundrop as herbs.