Midwest Evening Primrose (Oenothera lamarckiana) is a tall (up to 5'), bushy plant with gorgeous yellow flowers that open in the late afternoon, blooming through the evening. Oil from the pressed seeds is very rich in gamma linoleic acid, an Omega 6 fatty acid valued for it's support of human nervous, reproductive, immune and cardiovascular systems. Supplements containing oil of Evening Primrose are commonly taken for PMS symptoms as well as skin disorders such as Eczema and Rosacea. The entire plant is edible: the young leaves are a tasty cooked green; the flowers as a salad or soup addition; the young seedpods are eaten as a 'fruit'; the roots, preferably in Autumn/Winter of the first year of growth can be dug and cooked and have a peppery/parsnip-e flavor; seeds can be ground and eaten. This is a rare provider of food, medicine and beauty...a much respected plant in our garden.
Herbal Actions: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, nervine, sedative
90 days to leaf. 150-200 days to root. 2nd year to flower. Biennial