Foraging Wild Flowers: Common Evening-primrose

Photo of Common Evening-primrose

In early September, the flowers of Common Evening-primrose (Oenothera biennis) are still showy at sunrise. While blooming typically begins in the evening, there are often open morning blossoms for bumblebees or an occasional Ruby-throated Hummingbird to obtain a nectar meal. Later in the day, I've watched American Goldfinches gleaning insects from the flowering tops (and perhaps eating some flower parts, too).  This forager also enjoys the mild-tasting flowers and buds of Common Evening-primrose in soups and salads.

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