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Primrose Family Primulaceae


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:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Recent Records Guidance Notes

For more information about a species click/tap its photograph:


Primula vulgaris


Primula veris

False Oxlip

Primula x polyantha


Centunculus minimus

Sea Milkwort

Glaux martima


Samolus valerandi

Scarlet Pimpernel

Anagallis arvensis

Bog Pimpernel

Anagallis tenella

Yellow Loosestrife

Lysimachia vulgaris


Lysimachia nummularia

Yellow Pimpernel

Lysimachia nemorum

Purple Loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria