West Highland Flora

Primrose


Primula vulgaris

 

Primula vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
10 Apr 2004 Scorrybreac, Skye
Top central flower c 3.6 cm across

Very common on grassy banks, rocks, burnsides and in woods, preferring shady sheltered sites but often in open exposed ones.

Flower diameter c 2.5-4 cm

ID: Flowers arise on individual stalks from centre of leaf-rosette.  Cowslip has a single stem arising from the centre, with all the stalked flowers at its tip.

Other features: Main flowering season is from March to late June.  Leaves taper to the base, whereas in Cowslip the leaves are more clearly divided into a round terminal part and a narrower basal part.

 

Primula vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
1 May 2004 Portree, Skye

 

Primula vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Mar 2004 Portree, Skye
Bud max width 7 mm

  Primula vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Apr 2004 Portree, Skye
Width of flower c 9 mm

 

Primula vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Dec 2002 Glenvarragill, Skye

An exceptionally early attempt at flowering.

  Primula vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
28 Apr 2004 Portree, Skye
 

 

Pink-edged flowers growing wild in the area are
probably of garden origin, although there is a
wild strain in the UK with this colouring.


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