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Common Evening Primrose
Onagraceae
Oenothera biennis


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Flower Petal # 4
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Herb




Onagraceae Family

Oenothera Genus
Other Names for this Plant

common evening primrose, donkeys' herb, fever plant, field primrose, gardeners' ham, german rampion, King's-cure-all, night willow-herb, scabish, scurvish, tree primrose, war poison


Location

New London, CT.

Physical Description
Evening primrose is a biennial plant often found along river-banks and in other sandy places. The stem is erect, stout, and softly-hairy.
The flowers appear anytime from June to October. They are 1 to 2-1/2 inches across, bright yellow with four petals, they have a lemony scent and grow in spikes on auxiliary branches all along the stalk. The plant has a fairly short blooming period, the individual flowers are only around for a day or so, they first open in the evening (hence the name) and are said to glow in the dark, unfortunately they wither and die the following day.
The seed pod is an oblong, hairy capsule which contains the precious seeds.
The leaves are narrow and tapered, 3 - 6 inches long. Most varieties have a silvery sheen due to the many short hairs on the surface of the leaf.


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Onagraceae
Myrtales
Myrtales
Order of Myrtles
Malvidae
Mallow Class
Eurosids
Real Rose Class
Rosids
Rosids
Rose-Like Class
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

www.complete-herbal.com details eveningprimrose.htm



Tall plant with yellow flowers at the top
zoom in on the flower.



Tall plant with yellow flowers at the top
It\'s hard to tell how tall these are as they are growing at the base of a hill, and the wind blew them over a bit just as I took the picture.

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