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:
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.