Evening Primrose

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HEIRLOOM. Oenothera biennis. Evening Primrose is a biennial wildflower native to most of North America. Plants grow 4-6 feet tall, and their bright yellow flowers are commonly seen in late summer and fall. This species does well in dry, well-drained soils and tolerates sunny or shady spots. Evening Primrose only lives to be two years old as it is a biennial plant. The flowers attract many species of native bees.

Evening primrose grows as a low, spreading herb in the first year and the second year will produce flowers. The seeds of the primrose plant are an important food for birds including goldfinch and morning dove. Bees also visit the flowers. Evening Primrose has been used as food and traditional medicine. Evening Primrose may need two to three weeks to germinate and prefer disturbed soils. This variety needs to be a growing pot as it can become invasive.