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Common Name: Golden Suncup
Oenothera brevipes is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
South-western N. America - California.
Dry slopes and washes below 1500 metres[
|Pollinators||Lepidoptera, bees, Self
We have very little information on this species and are not sure if it will succeed outdoors in Britain, though it is worth trying as a spring sown annual. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a dryish well-drained sandy loam and full sun[
]. Heavy clay soils may induce winter rots[
]. Succeeds in poor soils.
The flowers open in the evening, they are richly scented and are very attractive to moths.
]. No more details are given, but the seed is rather small and its use would be very fiddly.
]. No more details are given.
Root - cooked. Too small to be a staple food, but useful in an emergency, the roots taste best in late autumn, winter and early spring[
Leaves and young shoots - cooked[
Seed - sow in situ from late spring to early summer.