Primula scotica

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Primula scotica
Scottish Primrose - - 1438296 (cropped).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula
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 flowering plant in the primrose family, Primulaceae. It is endemic to the north coast of Scotland, including Sutherland, Caithness and Orkney.[2] It is most closely related to Primula scandinavica that occurs in Norway and north-west Sweden, and more distantly to the Arctic species Primula stricta.[3] Primula scotica is easily distinguished from other British primulas 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.
  2. ^ "Scottish Primrose Primula scotica". Scottish Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  3. ^ Bullard, E.R.; Shearer, H.D.H.; Day, J.D.; Crawford, R.M.M. (1987). "Survival and Flowering of Primula scotica Hook". Journal of Ecology. 75: 589–602. doi:10.2307/2260191.

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