Flower and leaves. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Flowering plant. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Common Name

Common Evening-Primrose, Sweet Scented Evening Primrose




Introduced annual or biennial forb to 1m tall.  Leaves in a basal rosette and alternating up the stems, 3-20cm long, 3-15mm wide, flat, toothed, tips pointed.  Basal leaves mostly hairless. Stem leaves hairy, somewhat stem clasping.  Fragrant flowers.  Flowers yellow fading through yellowish pink and orange to red, with 4 petals, solitary at the bases of the upper leaves. 

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 534

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