Whitest Evening Primrose
Herb: Whitest Evening Primrose
Latin name: Oenothera albicaulis
Synonyms: Anogra albicaulis
Family: Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)
Medicinal use of Whitest Evening Primrose:A poultice of the plant has been used to treat swellings. A decoction of the root has been drunk and used as a lotion on muscle strains.
Description of the plant:
(11 3/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Rather dry grassy and disturbed places, 800 - 2200 metres.
Edible parts of Whitest Evening Primrose:Fruit. Another report says that the plant has an edible seedpod. The reports for edible fruit probably mean the seedpod. Seed - cooked. They can be used in soups or can be ground into a powder and then used as a gravy. Root - cooked. Too small to be a staple food, but useful in an emergency, the roots taste best in late autumn, winter and early spring. Leaves and young shoots - cooked.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow in situ from late spring to early summer or in the autumn.
Cultivation of Whitest Evening Primrose:Rather dry grassy and disturbed places, 800 - 2200 metres.
Known hazards of Oenothera albicaulis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.