The Primrose is a harbinger of spring with its pale yellow flowers and spoon-shaped basal leaves formed in rosettes. The leaves are evergreen in suitable environments, and are wrinkled with toothed margins.
It flowers February to May, or earlier. Found in deciduous woodland, woodland glades, embankments, meadows and roadside verges. Native to Britain, widespread and common.
The name Primrose derives from the Latin prima rosa which means ‘first rose’, although it is not a member of the rose family.
April 2013, woods, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2013.