What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Plant Profiles: Evening Primrose

With our move looming ahead in the not so distant future, I realized I ought to start posting my plant profiles with more speed. So, I'll be posting several plants at a time from now on so that I can hopefully get through them all before it is too late!

Evening Primrose, self-sowing biennial

Evening Primrose blooms from June to September

Evening Primroses are very popular ornamental plants in gardens. For propagation, the seeds can be sown in situ from late spring to early summer. The plant will grow successfully in fertile soils if competing species are kept at bay. Evening primrose species can be planted in any ordinary, dry, well-drained garden soil (preferly sandy loam) in an open site that is sunny to partly shady. They are fairly drought-resistant.

Interesting Tidbits:
the entire plant is edible and often thought, medicinal.

The leaves are cooked and eaten as greens and the roots are said to be sweet succulent and delicious when boiled like potatoes. Flowers are a sweet addition to salads or as a garnish and young seedpods are Steamed. This plant was a staple food for many Native American tribes.

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