Plants to look for in February — Primrose

Photo credit: Tamsin Bent

Where to look

Woodland, hedges and grassland.


Primrose flowers contain both male and female parts. But there are two different forms of flower, first described by Charles Darwin. The first type is ‘Pin–eyed’, where the stigma (female part) sticks out, while the anthers (male part) are hidden. While in the second type ‘Thrum – eyed,’ they are the opposite way round. This helps create greater genetic diversity as it is thought to encourage cross fertilisation. Primroses also have a ‘self-incompatability’ mechanism that stops the eggs being fertilised by its own pollen.

Where we've found Primroses

Primrose spottings journal (12 seen)

Last seen Location Spotted by Group Notes
4 Feb 2021 Randwick Tamsin Stroud Valleys Project
1 Feb 2021 Stroud Cemetery Stanley Brimacombes We saw some with only leaves and some with flowers. Some of them were open and some of them were closed. The flowers were pink and yellow.
15 Apr 2020 On our drive All of us Buckley-Nolans
7 Apr 2020 Minchinhampton Common Jo The Weaver's
28 Mar 2020 Polzeath, Cornwall. Gavin Blended Spotted in Polzeath, Cornwall.
27 Mar 2020 common ELLA The Weaver's
15 Mar 2020 St Columb Major Daisy Blended I found this just down my road!
12 Mar 2020 Tamsin Blended
12 Mar 2020 Middle Spillman's Edie Layfield Leafgatherers On the path to school
2 Mar 2020 Tamsin B Stroud Valleys Project
27 Feb 2020 Capel's mill Lotta Stroud Valley Community School
27 Feb 2020 Bath Road, Rodborough Robin Layfield Layfield Leafgatherers Saw these out the back


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