Common Evening-primrose - Oenothera biennis

    Alternative names
    Evening Primrose

    An erect short to tall somewhat hairy plant. Flowers primrose yellow 40 to 50 mm in erect leafy spikes, stigmas equalling anthers.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Waste ground and open habitats, road verges.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History

    Annual or biennial. Often as a casual or garden escape.

    UK Status

    Scattered throughout England, scarcer elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 13 of the 617 tetrads.

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