EVENING-PRIMROSE

 

Scientific Names:  Oenothera hookerii, O. biennis

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Habitat: From sea level to 9,000 ft, but most common in the mountains where they grow along streams, fallow fields, roadsides and other various wet places.

 

Appearance:  Biennials forming  long leaved rosettes the first years that are distinctive for the pronounced light green vein running the length of each leaf.  Plant blossoms second year and dies in fall.  Flowering  plant is the form used  usually grows to a height of 2-5 ft., the leaves and umbranched stem is finely haired.  Flowers are bright yellow, pink or white and slightly luminescent at night they bloom threw summer and the fall.  The flowers grow at or near the top of the stem and turn salmon or orange when faded.  Seed pods are little ridged an inch in length crowded along the stem under the flowers.

 

 

Medical Uses for Asthma:  The root, fresh or dried is chopped and boiled slowly in twice its volume of honey to make a cough syrup both soothing and somewhat antispasmodic.  Clinical studies show that Evening-Primrose oil to reduce inflammation and can be useful in treating asthma.  This can be purchased at a herbal store.