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Bird's-eye Primrose

Primula farinosa

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.

Plant Data

Order:
Ericales
Family:
Primulaceae (Primrose)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Pink, 5 petals
 
Mauve or lilac-coloured flowers with a yellow eye, 5 notched petals and 5 stamens. The flowers are arranged in an umbel. The yellow spot (or eye) in the centre of the flower gives the Bird's-eye Primrose its common name. This flower is popular with Skipper butterflies.
Fruit:
A narrow capsule, up to 8mm in length.
Leaves:
A small and dainty plant with a basal rosette of narrow and short-stalked leaves. The leaves are hairless and silvery white since they are covered in a white powder called 'ferina', hence the Latin name of Bird's-eye Primrose, Primula farinosa.
Maximum Size:
25 centimetres tall
Other Names:
The Yorkshire Primrose.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Habitats:
Fens, grassland, meadows, moorland.