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Unusual Primrose

Observed: 30th April 2013 By: kweffkweff’s reputation in Plantskweff’s reputation in Plants
Unusual Primrose
Unusual Primrose-2

This was in the middle of very old woodland where there were hundreds of normal yellow primroses around but two plants, close together, with this lilac colouring. There are no gardens within a mile or more of this site. Is it just an aberration?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Primrose interacts


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there is an article in the BSBI News April 2013 about this phenomenon. Two hypotheses are proposed

1) pollen from Polyanthus (garden primroses) has arrived on P.vulgaris and a hybrid produced with non-yellow flowers

2) Seeds of Garden primrose have found their way to sites occupied by P. vulgaris