When we first planted this happy herb we expected it to be a quick and exciting annual.
Evening Primrose proved not to be the case. It germinates quickly and settles well but then begins a long period in which it grows and grows and doesn't get any taller but spreads horizontally layering larger leaves that cover the garden with green rosettes.
Evening Primrose winters in this situation and then comes spring.
The stems rise skyward and buds began to appear in profusion.
The roots and tops of Evening Primrose can be boiled in honey to give a soothing cough syrup but it's finest properties are in the oil from the seeds that we use to lower blood pressure, relieve eczema and arthritis and improve the skin.
All in all we would not be without Evening Primrose and plant new seed six months into the old season so that the garden never is bare of it.
Evening Primrose not only will survive in impoverished soils but the oil quality is improved by poor soil.
30 fresh seeds $3.50
Degree of difficulty in germination.....2/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult) Seasonal