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 Sutherland, Caithness and Orkney. 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.[2] 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. ^ 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.