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Oenothera biennis

Onagre
Common Evening Primrose

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

30-50 mm

Flowering months

July,

August

Leaf type

Lanceolate

Height

up to 1.5 m

Description

Originally from North America, introduced to the Padua Botanical Garden (Italy) in 1619. In the first year a rosette of basal leaves appears, in the second year a red-specked stem arises from the rosette of leaves.

Flowers

The 4-petalled flowers are borne on long spikes. The petals emit a phosphorescent light and are night-scented.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Long, wider in the middle, pointed, alternate on the stem, 5-20 cm.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: tubular, tapering, 25-35 mm.

Edible

Whole plant.

Medical

Seeds: oil extracted from the seeds contains gamma-linoleic acid that assists in the production of hormone-like substances used for premenstrual and menopausal problems.

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