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Beach Primrose
Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia
  
About Beach Primrose (Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia) 17 Nurseries Carry This Plant Camissonia cheiranthifolia (Beach Suncup or Beach Evening Primrose) is a member of the Evening Primrose (Camissonia) genus native to open dunes and sandy soils of coastal California and Oregon. The genus Camissonia was distinguisned from Oenothera relatively recently, so this species was formerly known as Oenothera californica. The Beach suncup grows prostrate along the beach surface, forming mats more than 1 meter. across. It forms long stems growing from a central crown, lined with silvery grey-green leaves. The prostrate form and swinging stems allow the plant to survive well on the windy, shifting sands of the coast. The four-petalled flowers open in the morning (typical among suncups) and are bright yellow, fading to reddish.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
2 - 0.3 ft tall
.5 - 3 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding, Spreading

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Red

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Birds and butterflies

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 25 - 30° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Sandy dunes. Soil PH: 5 - 7

Propagation
Propagation?
Reseeds readily

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Coastal sandy slopes and flats, dunes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 9.1" - 56.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 1.62", Coldest Month: 39.9" - 56.7", Hottest Month: 55.4" - 76.8", Humidity: 0.04" - 23.71", Elevation: -140" - 2818"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Camissonia cheiranthifolia
Common Names: Beach Evening Primrose, Beach Evening-primrose, Beach Suncup


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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