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Oenothera biennis

Common Evening Primrose

Family Onagraceae


Use
Cooked, Salad. The young leaves and roots can be cooked or added to a salad.




Description

Growth Form: Grows a tall leafstalk. Flowers present June-Oct.

Leaves: Rough hairy leaves. Extending from reddish-stemmed, branched flowerstalk.

 


Common Evening Primrose (Emily Silver, Waltham MA)
Leaves


Common Evening Primrose (Emily Silver, Waltham MA)Top



Flowers:
Grow in rosettes. Yellow flowers. Bloom at top of stalk. Four-petaled with x-shaped stigmata.


Habitat and Range

Dry-soil, roadsides, waste sites. Found across Eastern Seaboard and as far west as Texas.

Season

Fall-Spring for the roots. Early spring is best for the leaves.


Common Evening Primrose (Emily Silver, Waltham MA)
Flower


Common Evening Primrose (Emily Silver, Waltham MA)
Whole Plant




Fun Facts

The flower opens towards evening and closes the next day.

It’s commonly considered an invasive species.

 

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