Evening Primrose

It always seems wrong to call a flower “common”, especially when the Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) is anything but.  The plant is quite low, about 18″ tall but the yellow blooms are large and the four petals are quite distinct.  I came across these just after a light rain and the drips were still coming off the plants.

A raindrop falls from a common evening primrose bloom.

Another name is King’s Cure-all, which reminds me of the exchange between Aragorn and the healers of Minas Tirith, who think the Athelas plant (also known as Kingsfoil) is just a weed!

Common evening primrose, also known as King’s Cure-all

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