Common Evening Primrose description:
Golden flowers on upright stems from late spring to late summer.
The flowers open in the late afternoon.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
A bat friendly plant.
Good for wildlife in general.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for the middle of a border, Cottage Garden, in a wild flower bed, or rough area. It is easy, but remember that it produces just leaves in the first year, flowers in the second year and tends to die at that point. Having said that, it invariably drops seeds which carry the plant on.
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Common names: Evening Star, Field Primrose, Sundrop, King’s Cure-All, German Rampion, Hog Weed, and Fever Plant.
Botanical name: Oenothera biennis, Oenothera glabra and Oenothera odorata.
Evening Primrose culinary uses:
Use flowers and leaves in salads.
It can increase the risk of bleeding and not advised for people with seizure disorders and by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
Is it useful as a groundcover plant?
Yes, it will fill a gap.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil, also tolerates acidic soil and chalky soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy, it is biennial but it does gently reseed itself.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Cut off old flower stems.
Size of plant:
Height 1.5 metres.
Spread 50 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 4 plants per square metre.
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