Phlowers – Evening Primrose

Water, reflecting the form of the flowers above it, highlights the yellow of Evening Primrose.

This beautiful plant is considered a wildflower. If you look closely while traveling, you can spot it in the hedgerows along the highways.

“King’s cure-all or common evening primrose is an erect, 2-6 ft. biennial with leafy, branched stems from a basal rosette. The bright-yellow, four-petaled flowers, up to 2 inches across, open at night. These fragrant flowers occur in a many-flowered, terminal spike.”

I love the lemon yellow of the flowers, in my opinion, a true crayon-box yellow. (Do you see the small spider captured in the photograph below?) I don’t remember sowing the seeds of these plants. Could they have sprung from a wildflower packet of seeds or were they planted by the birds that drink from the birdbath? Whatever the source, I’m happy to have this tall wildflower in my garden.

Evening Primroses are a bonus for gardeners who are also birdwatchers. Goldfinches, perfect color counterparts to the lemon-yellow petals, visit the plant regularly to open the seedpods and feast on the oily seeds within. The spent flower in the photograph below will drop away and leave behind a pod full of seed.

Evening Primrose is part of Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #51.

8 thoughts on “Phlowers – Evening Primrose

  1. I know of the Evening primrose oil they use to alleviate menopausal symptoms but this is the first time I have seen pictures of the plant or the flowers. Beautiful yellow- love it.
    Do the flowers look like the flowers of the yellow oleander?
    And how surprising that you did not plant these plants but they share with you their beauty.

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    1. Timelesslady

      Hi Susie, if I planted them they came out of a mixed wildflower packet. Since they are near the birdbath I think the birds probably planted them. Last night I couldn’t sleep and I looked out the back windows, and the Evening Primrose flowers were wide, wide open. In the day they shut up. I guess that explains the ‘Evening’ part of their name. Kathy

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        1. Timelesslady

          All it would take is one plant…and then the goldfinches rip those pods with their sharp beaks and dozens upon dozens of seeds fall upon the ground. I have weeded out so many of these plants from the garden. They can be a bit invasive…beautiful…but they will take over the whole are if I let them.

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Thanks so much for your comments. They fill my life with sunshine.

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