This is going to be a post about Primroses. I am writing about them because they are in flower, they are beautiful and useful and they are interesting.
I don’t think that we have to spend too long on identification because everyone knows Primroses.
So Primroses are edible and useful for the forager. The leaves are quite mild like lettuce and I usually pick a few just to balance the stronger herby flavours of wild food. The flowers are edible too.
A word of caution here. My children are grown up but I would be very cautious of teaching children that it is all right to eat flowers. It isn’t! Some of them are very poisonous.
Whatever you do DON’T TELL THE MICE!
Mice don’t have any respect for anything and they are very fond of Primroses. They don’t seem to bother with any of the other flowers but in the lane where I pick my primroses they have been devastated. They only eat the pastel part of the petal, they don’t seem to like the centres.
Let’s talk about the interesting centres now.
In a Pin flower the pistil is prominent and the stamens are held back within the flower. From the outside it looks like this.
So that is Primroses, beautiful, useful and interesting.