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Common Primrose

Primula vulgaris

Plant Data

Order:
Ericales
Family:
Primulaceae (Primrose)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Pale yellow solitary flowers on long stalks, up to 4cm.
Fruit:
A capsule which splits open to release its black seeds.
Leaves:
The leaves form a basal rosette. Each leaf is very crinkly-textured and leaf veins are prominent. Up to 5 inches in length with coarsely serrated leaf margins.
Maximum Size:
20cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves and flowers can both be eaten, raw or cooked. The leaves can be added to soups. The flowers and leaves can both be made into syrup or tea.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers are scented.
Other Names:
Butter Rose, Early Rose, Easter Rose, English Primrose, Golden Rose, Lent Rose, Wild Primrose.
Habitats:
Cliffs, grassland, hedgerows, mountains, roadsides, scrub, sea cliffs, waterside, woodland.