Oenothera stricta Link Common Evening Primrose
Enum. Hort. Berol. Alt. 1:377 (1821)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Wednesday 15 August 2007

Erect annual or biennial, herb, 0.2-1 m high. Fl. yellow, Mar to Jul or Sep to Nov. Sandy soils. Roadsides, sand dunes.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P2, Perth, Warren, Western Mallee.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Beverley, Busselton, Canning, Lake Grace, Manjimup, Melville, Wanneroo.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Monday 26 August 2019

Alternative Names. Fragrant Evening-primrose, Sweet Sundrop.

General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Perennial. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Wind, soil movement.

Notes. Widely naturalised. Flowers are generally only fully open in low light conditions (early morning, evening and on cloudy days). Germination rates are higher under particular light conditions, that occur when some form of disturbance clears overlying vegetation or buried seed is unearthed. Produces numerous fine seed. Adapted to coastal climates and conditions.

Additional information. Origin. Southern Chile and Argentina. Similar exotic species. Oenothera drummondii.

Suggested method of management and control. Control in seedling stage, as older plants are resistant to herbicide. Relatively tolerant of glyphosate. Hand remove small populations, ensuring removal of entire root stystem. Spot spray chlorsulfuron 0.4 g/10 L + spray oil. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Active Growth               U U U      
Germination           U U U U        
Flowering Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y O Can flower throughout the year
Fruiting         U U U U U U U U  
Manual Removal O O O O O O O O O O O O  
Herbicide Treatment             U U U U      

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.

 

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