Oenothera biennis belongs to the Onagraceae family and has been used in cooking and medicine for a long time. The leaves, stem and root are eaten as vegetables. The root resembles parsnip. A decoction of leaves and stems is used in skin cream and in tea against cough. The evening primrose was very common among the Amerindians. The seeds contain oil which has been used successfully against such diverse complaints as acne, rheumatism, PMS, hyper-activity and embolism.
Evening primrose can be sown directly but gets better if it is sown indoors and set out at 25 cm of mutual space after the risk of frost is over. This plant grows about 1m tall and is bush-shaped. It blooms all of summer with phosphorescent pastel-yellow flowers, 5 cm, which shine at dusk. 2500 seeds/g. A portion contains about 200 seeds.
|Latin name:||Oenothera biennis|
|Botanic family:||Evening Primrose Family - Onagraceae|
SowingEvening primrose is biennial can be sown directly outdoors in the summer so that it can grow a rosette that overwinters. It self-sows richly if it thrives. The small seeds kan can be sown at 1 cm depth, outdoors in the summer, but it gets better if it sown indoors and set out after the risk of frost is over.
SpacingKeep 25 cm of mutual space.
HarvestThe leaves, stem and root are eaten as vegetables. The root resembles parsnip.
A portion contains about 200 seeds.