Primula scotica

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Primula scotica
Scottish Primrose (Primula scotica) - - 822246.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula
Species: P. scotica
Binomial name
Primula scotica
Primula scotica distribution.svg
The range of Primula scotica.[1]

Primula scotica, commonly known as Scottish primrose, is a species of primrose that is endemic to the north coast of Scotland, including Caithness and Orkney. It is closely related to the Arctic species Primula stricta and Primula scandinavica.

Primula scotica is easily distinguished from other Primula by its bluish purple flowers. It flowers in May and often has a second flowering in July. In Orkney it is commonly seen on the sea cliffs at Yesnaby.


  1. ^ Guggisberg, A.; Mansion, G.; Conti, E. (2009). "Disentangling Reticulate Evolution in an Arctic-Alpine Polyploid Complex". Systematic Biology 58 (1): 55–73. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syp010. PMID 20525568.  edit