Evening Primrose: Tina James' Magic
Produces large, fragrant blooms; at dusk they suddenly burst open displaying crisp, yellow, showy four-petaled flowers. The flowers circle a spire of reddish, swollen buds. Blooms are 2/3 open within 10 seconds or less, and fully open within 1 to 2 minutes! Blooming lasts five to six weeks or more. Will bloom indoors as a cut flower for approximately a week. Dim lights to induce flowers to open indoors in the evening. Produces a flat rosette of leaves the first year, followed by 3 to 4' yellow spires the second year. Very hardy. We were so amazed at the speed of blooming that we hosted a "primrose party" so that friends could enjoy the time-lapse effect. During the evening the flowers are pollinated by night-flying moths as large as hummingbirds. This variety was discovered by garden writer Tina James who hosts "primrose parties" every year. Makes an interesting container plant for a deck or balcony, and is a great conversation piece. (Oenothera glazioviana)
Medicinal: Contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a precursor of beneficial prostaglandins. Used to moderate chronic inflammatory conditions, lessen high cholesterol, and ease pre-menstrual syndrome.
Growing instructions: Biennial in zones 5-8. A light dependent germinator. Germination at 70°F in 14 to 21 days. Sow May through June in pots or flats, transplant after several true leaves have developed. Space 12"-18" apart. Full sun or part shade with good drainage. Grows 36"-48" tall.
Packet: 0.05 g - approximately 110 seeds