Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)
Evening primrose is a plant native to Quebec. It flowers from June to September and gives off a pleasant fragrance. The yellow, edible flowers open in a few minutes at the end of the day, and close the next day before noon, hence its nickname ''beautiful of the night''. Every evening new buds hatch, and this, throughout the summer. Evening primrose attracts different types of moths as well as bees. Its edible root turns pink when cooked, earning it the nickname ''gardener's ham''. It is best to harvest the young roots (before flowering) for consumption to prevent them from being bitter. The sweet taste is reminiscent of salsify and parsnip. Young leaves can also be eaten. An oil rich in fatty acids beneficial to health is extracted from its seeds.
Latin name: Oenothera biennis
Common names: Evening primrose, evening primrose, night primrose, gardener's ham, donkey grass, red lamb's lettuce
English: Evening primrose, King's cure-all, Evening star
MAINTENANCE AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:
NEEDS APPROXIMATELY 30 DAYS OF COLD MOIST STRATIFICATION FOR BETTER GERMINATION.Seeds itself and can become invasive but is very easily controlled and does not sucker.
|Plant type: Biennial|
|Quantity: Envelope of about 500 seeds|
|Exposure: Half shade|
|Shape: In rosette|
|Watering: Tolerates drought|
|Sowing: Directly in the garden|
|Germination: 15 to 30 days|
|Plant spacing: 45 cm|
|Row spacing: 30 cm|
|Depth: On the surface|
|Width: 35 cm|
|Height: 80 cm to 1,2 m|
|Flowering : June to september|
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