Primrose Family - Primulaceae

Group: 
Flowers

The primrose family contains some familiar species that one would expect but there are some surprises too! Generally five-petalled flowers and quite small plants. Primroses are quite likely to hybridise with other members of the family and the garden primula is beginning to have a detrimental effect on wild populations so beware 'freaks'. (Note: Purple Loosestrife is actually a member of the Lythraceae family).

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Primrose

Primula vulgaris
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A common spring flower found mainly on banks, along hedgerows and in open woodland edges in sunny positions.


 

Cowslip

Primula veris
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Once very common cross pollination with garden polyanthus is cause hybridisation and the true species is becoming rarer.


 

False Oxlip

Primula x polyantha
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A hybrid species found where primroses and cowslips grow together.


 

 

Sea Milkwort

Glaux martima
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A small, fleshy plant found on bare soils ny the sea.


 

 

Brookweed

Samolus valerandi
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A small flower found in damp meadows, especially near the sea.


 

 

Scarlet Pimpernel

Anagallis arvensis
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A common and distinctive weed of cultivated areas including arable fields and gardens.


 

 

Bog Pimpernel

Anagallis tenella
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A delicate flower of wet heathland often forming quite large mats of leaves.


 

 

Yellow Loosestrife

Lysimachia vulgaris
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A tall, striking yellow flower found by rivers and lakes as well as marshes and fens.


 

 

Creeping-Jenny

Lysimachia nummularia
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A prostrate plant with yellow star-shaped flowers and glossy heart-shaped leaves found in damp woodland.


 

 

Yellow Pimpernel

Lysimachia nemorum
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A prostrate herb of damp woodland glades with star-shaped yellow flowers.


 

 

Purple Loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria
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A familiar flower of rivers, ponds and lake sides. 


 

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