Category Archives: Onagraceae family

Evening Primrose

Photo by Josie Cooke taken in the Smoky Mountains

From the genus Oenothera in the Onagraceae family Commonly called the Evening primrose family.  

Leaves form a basal rosette at ground level and spiral up to the flowering stems; the leaves are dentate or deeply lobed (pinnatifid). The flowers of many species open within less than a minute in the evening, hence the name “evening-primrose”, most are yellow.  (wikipedia)

“Young roots can be eaten like a vegetable (with a peppery flavor), or the shoots can be eaten as a salad” (Wikipedia)   I’ve also found that the flowers are edible as well in a few wild edibles books.  I have tried them.  They are a sweet treat.

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