Belongs to: primrose family

Compare with: cowslip
oxlip

Primrose Primula vulgaris


Best time to see: Mar to mid May

Key facts

Primroses covering a grassy bank are one of the first signs of spring

Single yellow flowers on each stalk, 10 to 30 cm tall, rather than the clusters of cowslip and oxlip

The name comes from the french for 'first rose'

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Photo © Barry Small