Family Name: Onagraceae
Botanical Name(s): Oenothffa bionnis
Popular Name(s): Common Evening Primrose, Fever Plant, Field
Primrose, King's Cureall, Night Willow-Herb, Tree Primrose, Primrose
Parts Used: The plant
Habitat: Evening Primrose is native to North America.
Description: Evening primrose is an annual or biennial plant
with a stout, erect stem which grows to a height of about 3 to 6 inches.
It leaves are pointed, lanceolate occurring alternately and are 3 to 6
inches long. The flowers, occurring in June to October, are yellow in
colour with a diameter of 1 to 2-1/2 inches. The fruits occur in the
form of oblong, hairy capsules.
Uses: Evening Primrose has astringent and mucilaginous action.
It is used to cure coughs and colds. Its oil is effective in treating
diabetes, high blood pressure, schizophrenia, rheumatoid arthritis,
eczema and a number of other diseases.