A weed that sporadically appears in our garden. It has a coarse basal rosette, from which a sturdy stalk rises in the summer of its second year. The stalk branches right at the top, to carry yellow flowers in summer. Not unattractive when in flower, but too unrefined and limited in its appeal to qualify as a garden plant.
||common evening primrose
This is a weed in our garden
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|Viviane Pfitner||Jun 29, 2008||Hi,
May I add some comments on this excellent plant we have growing in our wildlife garden. Through observations we have seen that during the daytime bees and hoverflies use the flowers. At dusk it is popular with night-flying moths such as the hawk moth. It will also attract bats at night. The plants are in flower for months on end until finally killed by autumn frosts. Even then, we do not cut down our evening primroses but leave them as they will feed birds such as chaffinches, bramblings, greenfinches, goldfinches and siskins, wenn natural food is getting scarce. We cannot praise Evening Primroses highly enough for its value to the wildlife garden, and always find new seedlings in spring.
It likes well-drained soil in full sun. So, the more people grow this wonderful plant, the better, especially with our declining population of bees in mind, wo urgently need our help!
Regards, Viviane |
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