Specie: O. biennis
Common Evening Primrose, King's Cure-all, Evening star
Name in Latin: Onagraceae
Name in English: The Evening Primrose Family
Origin: Mexico, Central America , spreading to N. America
Growth Habit: biennial, herbaceous
Flower: pinnacle at apex . open "fast" every evening, Flowers are produced on a tall spike and only last until the following noon. Blooms are pale yellow with four petals. Strongly scented.
Blooming Period: late spring to late summer
Leaf: light-olive green, lanceolate, slightly dentate margins or smooth . alternative.
Tall dried stalks used in arrangements. Fresh, imagine a delicate vegetative divine momentary arrangement , like a poem. Reflection of this fragile life.
Care and Handling
Lasting Quality: less than a day for the flower
Amount of water: free standing for best holding
"Ethobotanic" Native Americans used both as food and medicinal purposed. Oil extracted from seeds used as medicine contains essential fatty acids: linoleic acid and gamma - linolenic acid.