evening primrose

noun

Definition of evening primrose 

: any of several dicotyledonous plants of a family (Onagraceae, the evening-primrose family) and especially of the type genus (Oenothera) especially : a coarse biennial herb (O. biennis) of North America with yellow flowers that open in the evening

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Try planting dahlia, French marigold, nicotiana, evening primrose, thyme, raspberry, or honeysuckle. Emily O'brien, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Bats To Your Yard," 20 Oct. 2016 Fennel, cow parsley and evening primrose are all fair game. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "5 Lessons From the Punk Rockers of Gardening," 26 Apr. 2018 Further north, Death Valley’s famous flower displays begin earlier in the spring at lower elevations, where desert gold, notch-leaf Phacelia, golden evening primrose, and gravel ghost dot foothills until mid-April. Sunset, "Where to See Wildflowers This Season," 22 Jan. 2018 Kelso Dunes — known for birdcage evening primrose, desert panicgrass and Borrego milkvetch — might bloom, as could Cima Dome, with its desert sage, Indian paintbrush and California buckwheat. Wes Judd, San Francisco Chronicle, "Will there be a ‘super bloom’ in Death Valley in 2018? It’s not looking good.," 22 Mar. 2018 Please behold my newest obsession: evening primrose oil. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Kate Bosworth Swears by This $12 Oil to Get Ridiculously Clear, Perfect Skin," 19 Mar. 2018

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1761, in the meaning defined above

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