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Impressive tall-stalked yellow flower - evening primrose

 
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This popped up in a pot. Never seen one before. 5ft6 in a small pot...

Anyone have an ID?
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Maybe evening primrose?

https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Oenothera+biennis
 
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yep
 
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Absolutely
 
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I have these popping up in my plantings too.  What are they good for?  I'm assuming pollinators but anything else?
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:I have these popping up in my plantings too.  What are they good for?  I'm assuming pollinators but anything else?



I have a really big plant of this, and there are lots of good reasons to keep it around, but here are my current two:

I'm hoping to attract the evening primrose moth (so cute and pinkish!)



And, it's acting as a trap crop for Japanese beetles. They gather there, hang out there, sleep there. I can easily knock them into soapy water.

Edible seeds, too, although I haven't tried them yet.
 
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All parts of the plant are edible, the oil from the seeds most famously.

The leaves and shoots can be eaten when they come up in the spring the second year (it's a biennial). My evening primrose grows in sand and doesn't get watered. I think this leads to the extreme bitterness mine has, so I never eat the spring growth.

You can eat the second year roots in the spring, but I haven't tried that because I like the flowers too much.

Same for the flowers and flower buds. They're tasty, but I want to see them bloom so don't eat many.
 
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I second the Japanese beetle trap.  I have a primrose that volunteered in an awkward spot in my front flower garden. But I keep it - it houses all of the JBs that aren't on the roses.  I knock 3 or 4 off daily into a can with water in it, and then feed them to the chickens.  Treat!
 
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So, would you folks say this is not excessively agressive, then? I will not have an endless sea of evening primrose, if I let it go to seed?
 
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it's definitely feral/adaptable and more than a bit agressive.
it spreads easily by self seeding and produces a bazillion seeds. ok not a bazillion, but you get the point.

ok for a spot where theres not much going on, its pretty its medicinal and its pollinator friendly. i like it but would weed it out of any cultivated area of primo garden space. there's enough of it growing in wild spots on its own, so i weed it out. definitely grab up the seeds if you dont want it to spread.
 
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leila hamaya wrote:it's definitely feral/adaptable and more than a bit agressive.
it spreads easily by self seeding and produces a bazillion seeds. ok not a bazillion, but you get the point.

ok for a spot where theres not much going on, its pretty its medicinal and its pollinator friendly. i like it but would weed it out of any cultivated area of primo garden space. there's enough of it growing in wild spots on its own, so i weed it out. definitely grab up the seeds if you dont want it to spread.



Thanks. I think this is my only one, and it appeared in a pot so may have arrived in said pot... will cull it today and save seeds to (maybe) spread somewhere away from the gardens...

Too many agressive things around already!
 
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