- a plant, Oenothera biennis, having yellow flowers that open at nightfall.
- any of various plants of the same or related genera.
Origin of evening primrose
First recorded in 1800–10
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In another locality I might have brought him dwarf cornel, or the houstonia, or wood-sorrel, or the evening-primrose.Under the Maples
- any onagraceous plant of the genus Oenothera, native to North America but widely cultivated and naturalized, typically having yellow flowers that open in the evening
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