Sundrop Primrose (Oenothera fruticosa) is a perennial and a member of the evening primrose family (Onagraceae). The name primrose is derived from the Latin word, “primula,” which means “early” or “first,” and nods to the flower’s early blooming in spring.
Sundrop primrose is connected to several tribes including the Cherokee, Iroquois, Ojibwas, and Potawatomi for multiple reasons. The bark and leaves were used for gastrointestinal disorders, whooping cough, and asthma. It is similar to a laxative which is why it can support indigestion and stomach problems. Primrose also helps to treat migraines.