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Plant Name:

Common Evening Primrose

Scientific Name:

Oenothera biennis


Common Evening Primrose is a biennial or short-lived perennial herb with bright yellow flowers that bloom in the evening. It has lance-shaped leaves and grows in a rosette form.


Open areas, fields, roadsides


Common Evening Primrose attracts nocturnal pollinators, including moths and bats. The plant also provides nectar for other pollinators.

Growing Conditions:

Common Evening Primrose prefers well-drained soils and full sun.


Common Evening Primrose has been used for its medicinal properties. The roots, leaves, and oil extracted from the plant have been traditionally used to treat various ailments.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):

Young leaves and roots can be cooked and eaten

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Fun Facts:

Common Evening Primrose is also known as "Evening Star" or "King's Cure-all". It is native to North America and is naturalized in other parts of the world.

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