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Pink Primrose in Stoke Woods?

Observed: 18th March 2012 By: ar8922
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

These appear to be pink primroses and, although grouped together, the pink flowers are on separate plants to their more commonly coloured, pale yellow neighbour.
Is this common or could this possibly be a hybrid or maybe a subspecies?

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Species with which Primrose (Primula vulgaris) interacts

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LVS77's picture

Pink primrose

Blamey, Fitter and Fitter say that P. vulgaris can have 'pink-purple forms, usually pale...(which)... occur, especially in hedge-banks near gardens'.

ar8922's picture

Pink primrose

Many thanks LVS77. That would seem to fit, although this example is beside a drainage channel in the middle of a wood, albeit a relatively small one, and not particularly close to any gardens.

LVS77's picture

Pink primrose

Oh, well I expect a primrose expert could tell us what was going on! Have you tried sniffing P. vulgaris? It has a lovely, subtle scent in warm sunshine - if your knees/back are up to it...

ar8922's picture

Pink primrose

Knees and back ok but poor choice of footwear and a very muddy ditch prevented me from sniffing this particular example. It was hard enough photographing it! I agree they do have a lovely scent though.

John Bratton's picture

It will have come about by a

It will have come about by a yellow one crossing with a cultivated purple one.

ar8922's picture

Thanks John

Many thanks John, it's interesting to know that can happen in a relatively remote spot.