In early summer the flowers open only at dusk. The bright yellow, fragrant flowers are mostly fertilised by twilight-flying insects, especially in the early season. Later in the season the flowers open all day but do not have a scent until the evening.
Every part of this plant can be used. The leaves can be cooked and eaten as greens. The flowers are sweet and can be used in salads or as a pretty garnish. The ripe seeds can be roasted in an oven and used on bread or in salads. As with all edible flowers, use sparingly until you know how they affect you, especially if you have plant allergies. Please check medicinal properties carefully before use.
BOTANICAL NAME: Oenethera Biennis
COMMON NAME: Cureall; Fever Plant; Four O’ Clock
AFRIKAANS NAME: Nagkandelaar; Aandrose