The pretty Primrose (Primula vulgaris), one of the nation’s favourite wildflowers, grows well in undisturbed High Weald soils.
The Latin ‘prima rosa’ means first rose, and the Primrose is one of the first blooms of early spring brightening up open woodland, shady hedge-banks, road verges and railway embankments. The flowers are an important nectar source for butterflies. Primrose was once used as a herbal remedy to relieve pain.
Native, wild Primroses can thrive in gardens or become naturalised in grass. They can be bought as perennial plug plants or in pots. The buttery-yellow flowers of the wild Primrose make a welcome change from the more vivid garden primula varieties, and attract bees and other pollinators.