Plant of the Week - Primrose (Primula vulgaris)
The limestone pavements around Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales is abundant with primrose at this time of year.
Leaves are found in a basal rosette, and are sparsely hairy above, and pubescent below, tapering gradually at the base.
Flowers are 30mm across, with stalks up to 10cm, covered with long, shaggy hairs.
This species is usually found in woodland clearings, hedge banks and old grassland, and is found throughout the British Isles and west, south and southeast of Europe.
Close relatives include cowslip (Primula veris) and the rarer Oxlip (Primula elatior). Unfortunately I did not spot any of the rare bird’s-eye primrose (Primula farinosa) which is found locally on limestone pavements in the Yorkshire Dales.