Wild Primrose, Primula vulgaris


The Wild, or English Primrose is a pretty, early spring plant with thick and crinkly oblong leaves and pretty five-petalled flowers. The flowers are usually yellow with a darker yellow centre, but can also be white, pink, blue, or purple. Primrose means "First Rose", as it is quite often one of the first flowers to bloom after winter. The flowers can be eaten raw as a salad garnish, or crystalised with sugar to create sweet treats or cake toppings. The leaves can also be used as a raw salad green, or cooked as a pot herb or spinach substitute.

Wild Primrose Checklist


🌳 Deciduous Woodland clearings.
πŸ‘ Grassland, including paddocks, fields and meadows.
🏑 Urban Green Spaces, including scrubland, parks and gardens.
🚜 Hedgerows, including field edges.


🌸🌞 March - June


☘️ Green, slighty glossy, oblong and crinkled.


🌷 Pretty, five petalled flowers. Usually pastel yellow with a darker yellow centre. Can also be white, pink, blue or purple.

Flower Stem

🌱 Green to reddish and hairy with a single flower at the end of each stalk.

Edible Parts

☘️ Leaves
🌷 Flowers

Aroma / Taste

πŸ‘ƒ The flowers smell mildly floral.
πŸ‘…The flowers are pleasant and sweet when raw. The leaves are somewhere between mild lettuce and bitter salad greens.

ID Notes

🟩 ID Difficulty - Beginner
πŸ‘€ The distinctive, pretty flowers and time of bloom are key identifiers.


πŸ₯— Salad - Young leaves can be eaten raw and added to salads.
🌺 Garnish - Flowers can be used as a pretty garnish.
πŸ₯¬ Green - Young leaves can be cooked as a leaf vegetable.
β˜•οΈ Beverage - Leaves and flowers can be used to make teas or other drinks.
🍨 Sweet - Flowers can be sugared and used to top cakes and other desserts.
πŸ“ Yummy - A tasty forage snack! Arthur likes to eat the flowers straight from the plant.