The evening-primrose flower

© Thomas G. Barnes, University of Kentucky

In honor of the release of “The Hunger Games” this weekend, we decided to post about one of our favorite flowers: the primrose. The perennial flower is common in the state of Utah, with several different varieties occurring in nature, including the tufted-evening Primrose, Yellow Evening Primrose and the Pale Evening Primrose. The following is a description of these common flowers:

Tufted Evening-Primrose

This large, white flower opens late in the day, turning pink and wilting by the morning. It has four heart-shaped petals with eight yellow stamens. The stem is generally very short, but the flower can grow up to about 12 inches. It blooms April-September and is found at elevations of nearly 3000-9500 feet.

Yellow Evening Primrose

The yellow evening-primrose looks similar to the Dandelion, with the yellow petals turning to purple over it’s lifetime. As the name suggests, the flower opens in the evening. The yellow evening-primrose is primarily found in moist areas throughout Utah.

Pale Evening Primrose

The pale evening-primrose is the tallest of the three described, often growing anywhere from 4-27 inches tall. The petals are white and fade to pink, with a yellow eye. It blooms from May until December and is found most commonly in semi-desert, rocky and sandy areas.

The young shoots and roots for each of the above evening-primrose flowers are commonly eaten by humans.

For a more detailed description of the primrose flower, click HERE.

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