Common name: Primrose. Sabhaircín.
This population originates from Co Down. Irish Grid reference: J594448.
Perennial, this little beauty needs no introduction.
One of our first flowers to emerge in springtime it greatly helps queen bumble bees who need to visit around 6,000 flowers a day to get their nest established with workers. So the primrose benefits the early or buff-tailed bumble bee.
This species hybridises readily with primula cultivars. By using native-origin seeds and plants you are helping preserve native Irish primroses.
Hedgerows, verges, banks and woodlands.
Prefering a south facing hedgerow primrose can cope with anything other than a north facing slope or hedgerow. Plant out in early spring before the grass gets going. Protect from heavy frosts in their first year, until established.
The flowers are great in salads, since this is a protected species (schedule 8 of the Wildlife Act NI), just use your own cultivated plants from these plants.