View Full Version : Can anyone identify my giant weed? - Evening Primrose!

Aug. 8, 2010, 12:34 PM
It's six feet high and has recently decided to have yellow flowers.


I can't grow regular flowers, but by God I can grow a weed! ;)

Aug. 8, 2010, 12:40 PM
A week is only a plant in the wrong place.

I thought it looked like a Kerria shrub but I couldn't see the photo that well. Are the leaves serrated edges?

Aug. 8, 2010, 12:41 PM
I think those are called evening primrose, years ago I grew another magnificent specimen and IIRC that is what I finally decided it was. They are pretty in their weedy way, aren't they?

Aug. 8, 2010, 12:43 PM
^ Could be.....

We could do with a close up photo of the flower and leaf

Aug. 8, 2010, 12:52 PM
Close-ups of leaves and flowers added!

No, the leaves aren't serrated. They're long ovals.

Aug. 8, 2010, 01:01 PM
Much better for my old eyes.

I'm now agreeing with the Evening Primrose 'diagnosis'

You can make your own herbal chill pills ;)

Aug. 8, 2010, 01:03 PM
Yes!! I googled Evening Primrose photos and that's what it is!!

Neat. Even weeds have names! :)

I wonder how I would distill it?

Aug. 8, 2010, 01:09 PM

Aug. 8, 2010, 01:30 PM
Wish my weeds looked like that. I usually end up with pigweed - the kind with the nasty, hooky thorns.

Aug. 8, 2010, 07:17 PM
It (Oenothera) is in the plant section of my Sunset Western Gardening books, as opposed to the pest section, so plant it is. Saw another species of it (Mexican Evening Primrose) in the garden store today. Based on the descriptions in the gardening book they sound hardy to invasive. One of the yellow species produces "large winged seed pods" that follow the flowers. Something to look forward to.

Aug. 8, 2010, 07:36 PM
I don't know weeds from plants. I'm a mercenary-type plant killer. You must point me at *exactly* the plant you want killed.

But I'd open any thread about a *giant* weed.

And Oenothera is a fine n' famous genus. It was the one Hugo De Vries worked on when he promoted Mendelism to evolutionists circa 1900.

Maybe it's not a weed, then.

Aug. 9, 2010, 03:08 AM
A plant is just a weed if it's growing in the wrong place.

Aug. 9, 2010, 12:58 PM
I would call primroses "wild flowers". We have Mexican primroses in white and pink growing along the roadsides here. I love them, and would love to be able to get them started in my yard.

Aug. 9, 2010, 05:46 PM
"Evening primrose" is NOT related to "normal" proimroise.

All they have in common is the bright yellow color.

Thers is a cultivated version of the evening primrose, with flowers almost 6 inches across when fully open.

Each blossom only lasts a day.

It is fascinating to watch the next blossoms open each evening.

Aug. 9, 2010, 07:33 PM
Hmmm, what others refer to as weeds I consider greenery in my flowerbeds! :lol: