Evening Primrose is a biennial wildflower native to most of North America. Its yellow flowers open at sunset and benefit many . Native Americans used the seeds for food and medicine. European settlers took the root back to England and Germany where it was eaten as food. In the 17th century, evening primrose oil became a popular folk remedy in Europe, where it was known as ‘King’s cure-all.’
Plants grow 4-5 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 thrives in full sun or partial shade. The flowers attract many species of native bees, butterflies and nocturnal pollinators, such as moths and bats. Zones 4-9.
Other: Hoary Evening Primrose, Common Evening Primrose, Tree Primrose, Fever Plant, Cure-all, Evening Star, Sun Drop, Field Primrose, German Rampion, Large Rampion, Night Willowherb, Willow Herb, Scabbish, Scurvish, Wild Four O'Clock