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Bird's-eye Primrose

Primula farinosa

Plant Data

Order:
Ericales
Family:
Primulaceae (Primrose)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
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:
25cm tall.
Other Names:
The Yorkshire Primrose.
Habitats:
Fens, grassland, meadows, moorland.