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Oenothera fruticosa


Oenothera fruticosa, the narrowleaf evening primrose<ref name=USDA>Oenothera fruticosa L., USDA PLANTS</ref> or narrow-leaved sundrops, is a species of flowering plant in the evening primrose family.

It is native to much of eastern North America,<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> where it is found in a variety of open habitats, including dry woodlands, rock outcrops and moist savannas.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

It is an erect herbaceous perennial growing to Template:Convert tall, with alternative, simple, entire or slightly toothed leaves. The saucer- or cup-shaped yellow flowers, Template:Convert in diameter, appear in late spring and summer.<ref name=RHSAZ>Template:Cite book</ref> The fruit is a capsule that is strongly 4-angled or winged and shaped like a club.

Many varieties have been named, but the infraspecific taxonomy of this species is still in an unresolved state.

Conservation status in the United States

Oenothera fruticosa is listed as a special concern species in Connecticut.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>


The Cherokee parboil the leaves, rinse them and cook in hot grease as a potherb.<ref>Perry, Myra Jean, 1975, Food Use of 'Wild' Plants by Cherokee Indians, The University of Tennessee, M.S. Thesis, page 49</ref>



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