Mexican Primrose Seeds: What Are They?
The Mexican primrose (Lonicera japonica) is a small evergreen shrub native to Mexico and Central America. It grows up to 1 foot tall with slender, spreading branches. Its leaves are opposite, oblong-oval in shape; they have five teeth at the tip and three on each side. The flowers are white or pinkish purple with 5 petals and a single stamen at their base.
Mexican primroses are often used in cooking because of their mild flavor and their ability to hold onto moisture well. When cooked, they retain most of the water. They are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, fiber and iron. The seeds contain high levels of protein and vitamins A, B1, B2 and C.
How Do You Control Mexican Primrose?
There are several ways to control Mexican primrose spread. The best way is to prevent it from spreading in the first place.
If you live near a border where Mexican primrose plants are growing, then you need to make sure that there aren’t any nearby. If possible, try to keep your property free of them. However, if that isn’t feasible, then you may want to consider using one of these methods.
The most common way to get rid of these plants is by hand, but that is also the most tedious way. Using a hoe or a shovel, dig up the entire plant as deeply as possible. It is important that all of the roots are removed, or else it will grow back. Be careful not to damage any other plants nearby.
Another way to kill the plants is to use herbicide. Be careful when applying herbicide because it is harmful to more than just the intended target. It is important that you apply a brush killer or systemic grass herbicide to the area and not just a chemical spray because these plants have shallow root systems. Be sure to read and follow all safety instructions that come with the herbicide.
Do not bother trying to kill the Mexican primrose plant with chemicals like Round-Up. Although it will certainly kill the plant, it is very difficult to get all of the stems and roots, so it will continue to grow back.
If you are trying to get rid of just a few plants, then another option is to pull them out or dig them up. Although this takes more time than using chemicals and can be dangerous because of the thorns, if done carefully this can be an effective way of killing these plants.
Mexican Primrose and Landscaping: Growing Them in Your Garden
Although not recommended, if you do find a place where the Mexican primrose is growing wild, then you can try to use it in your own garden. It is a great plant for attracting bees and hummingbirds. The flowers also have a pleasant smell.
The thorns on the stems can make it difficult to handle, so gloves should be worn if you are going to use this plant for landscaping purposes. The leaves are also known to cause skin irritation in some people, so if you have sensitive skin you may want to wear gloves as well.
Another way that you can incorporate this plant into your garden is by starting it from seed. This is a very easy process and can be done in the spring or fall. Simply gather the seeds, and then sow them 1-2 inches deep in rich soil. Lightly cover with more soil, and keep watered until they are fully grown.
Mexican Primrose Fun Facts
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