Common Evening Primrose
* Flowers yellow, with 4 petals, an X-shaped stigma in
the center of the flower, and reflexed sepals,
arranged all around the leafy stalk.
* Leaves rough-hairy, narrow, and pointed, arranged in a rosette, oposite
on the stem, branches often reddish.
* Height: 1-5'.
* Flowers June - September.
* Habitat: Dry soils, meadows and other open places, often planted in
* Range: Throughout the United States.
* Evening primrose gets its name from its unusual behavior. The flowers
open in the evening, anywhere between 4:00 and 10:00 pm. Once open,
it releases its sweet fragrance and attracts many night-flying moths.
* Unlike most of the wildflowers found in America today, which
were introduced from Europe, the evening primrose is native to
North America and has actually spread across the Atlantic, turning
the tables of flower migration.
* Oil produced by evening primrose seeds is now being used for
experimental medicinal purposes. Scientists believe it could
prove useful for treating disorders such as excema, migraine
headaches, asthma, arthritis, and alcoholism.