With over 400 species[1] to select from, these cheerful spring plants are available in a rainbow of colors. As you can imagine, the flowers’ shapes, sizes, and colors vary.

English Primrose Flowers

In general, it is one of the first perennials to flower. Whether you treat it as an annual or as a true perennial to brighten up an indoor space, primrose offers beautiful colors with its blossoms.

Colorful Primrose Flowers

The common primrose (Primula vulgaris) is a species in the Primulaceae family native to northwestern Africa, southern and western Europe, and parts of southwestern Asia. The common name is primrose or sometimes common primrose or English primrose to distinguish it from other species of primroses, also called primroses.

Primula Vulgaris

Primrose is a plant that reaches 4-12 in (10-30 cm) in height, with a basal rosette of more or fewer evergreen leaves in preferred habitats.

Purple Primrose Flowers

The leaves are 5 to 25 cm long and 2 to 6 cm wide, often very wrinkled, with an irregularly crenelated to the serrated edge. The heartily scented flowers are 2 to 4 cm in diameter and are individually placed on short, slender stems.

The flowers are usually pale yellow in color, although pink or white forms are sometimes seen in nature. It blooms in early spring in the northern hemisphere (February to April) on hillsides and meadows.

Suggested Reading: Photos of Flowers with Names

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Key References
  • [1]“Primrose (Primula vulgaris)”. Accessed April 24, 2022. Link.


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