Yellow Evening Primrose Plant: Wildflower In The Garden

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By Heather Rhoades

Yellow evening primrose (Oenothera biennis L) is a sweet little wildflower that does well in almost any part of the United States. Though it is a wildflower, the evening primrose plant is as likely to be scorned as a weed as it is to be welcomed into the flower bed.

About the Yellow Evening Primrose Plant

The evening primrose plant is one of the few native wildflowers in North America. As the name suggests, the yellow evening primrose blooms at night. It produces lovely yellow flowers from May to July.

It is considered to have a wide array of medicinal uses from relieving headaches and inducing labor to curing baldness and as a treatment for laziness.

All parts if the evening primrose plant can also be eaten. The leaves are eaten like leaves and the roots are eaten like potatoes.

Growing Evening Primrose


Part of the reason that many people regard this plant as a weed is that growing evening primrose is extremely easy to do. The yellow evening primrose plant is happiest in dry open areas similar to the open meadows where they thrive in the wild. Simply spread the seeds where you would like them to grow and as long as it is not too wet, the yellow evening primrose will happily grow. It is a biennial that will reseed itself wherever you plant it, but it is not very invasive and will remain well behaved in your flower beds.

Transplanting an evening primrose plant will probably not succeed, so you are better off planting them from seed.

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