Common Evening Primrose. In the first year, this biennial typically produces a basal rosette of light green to olive green leaves but no flowers. In the second year, a stiffly upright, rough-hairy, purple-tinged flower stem (usually a single stem but sometimes multiple stems) with spirally arranged leaves rises from the centre of the rosette 100 to 150 cm tall. Flowers bloom from summer to autumn in a multi-flowered terminal panicle. Flowers open at dusk and close again in the morning when hit by the sun, hence the common name of evening primrose. They are fertilized by night-flying moths which are attracted by the mild lemon flower fragrance and by bees in the early morning before closure.
Narrow seed pods split open when ripe to release numerous seeds. Plants die after setting seed, but will remain in the landscape through self-seeding. This plant naturalizes easily and works well planted along borders or makes an excellent addition to a wildflower, cottage, or herb garden. It is highly drought tolerant.
The whole plant is edible. The leaves can be cooked as a vegetable and the flowers make a pretty salad garnish. Evening Primrose is well known for its medicinal properties.
Our plants will be 2 years old and ready to flower when purchased.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
Oferecemos uma gama de espécies típicas das zonas climáticas mediterrânicas em todo o mundo.