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Oenothera elata hookeri - (Torr.&A.Gray.)W. Dietr.&W.L.Wagner.

Common Name Hooker's Evening Primrose
Family Onagraceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry open soils, meadows and roadsides[204].
Range North-western N. America.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Oenothera elata hookeri Hooker


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Oenothera elata hookeri is a BIENNIAL/PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from July to October, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies), bees. The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

O. hookeri.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root  Seedpod
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked. Boiled and eaten like parsnip[183]. Young shoots - raw or cooked. Added to salads or boiled as a potherb[183]. They are usually blanched before use[183]. A mucilaginous texture. The young pod-like fruits can be eaten when cooked[183].

Medicinal Uses

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Poultice

The plant has been used in the treatment of colds[257]. A poultice of the roots or the leaves has been used in the treatment of sores and swellings[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a dryish well-drained sandy loam and full sun. Heavy clay soils may induce winter rots. Succeeds on poor soils. The flowers open in the evening, they are richly scented and are very attractive to moths. The seeds are a good food source for birds, especially finches. Plants usually mutate freely. This species is very closely related to, and perhaps no more than a part of, O. biennis[204].

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Propagation

Seed - sow in situ from late spring to early summer.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Oenothera albicaulisWhitest Evening Primrose21
Oenothera biennisEvening Primrose, Sun Drop, Common evening primrose35
Oenothera brevipesGolden Suncup20
Oenothera glaziovianaLarge-Flower Evening Primrose, Redsepal evening primrose22
Oenothera lamarckiana 10
Oenothera odorata 10

 

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Botanical References

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