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common name for the genus Primula of the Primulaceae, a family of low perennial herbs with species found on all continents, most frequently in north temperate regions. Among the better-known members of the family are the primroses (genus Primula), cyclamens (genus Cyclamen), pimpernels (genus Anagallis), and loosestrifes (chiefly genus Lysimachia). Species of all these genera are cultivated as rock-garden, border, and pot plants. The primrose, a common and favored wildflower of England, has often been celebrated in poetry. A common yellow species (P. veris) is called cowslip in England. Several primroses are indigenous to North America. The American cowslip, often called shooting star, is a separate genus (Dodocatheon); it is an Eastern wildflower. The evening primroseevening primrose,
common name for the Onagraceae, a family of plants of worldwide distribution, most species of which grow as herbs in the temperate New World, and specifically for members of the genus Oenothera.
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 is not a true primrose. Tuberous-rooted cyclamens are native chiefly to the European Alps; C. indicum is a common florists' pot plant in the United States. The scarlet pimpernel, or poorman's-weatherglass (A. arvensis), is native to Eurasia but has been naturalized in North America; its flowers close on the approach of bad weather. Loosestrifes are easily cultivated flowers that thrive under moist conditions; some are creeping species, e.g., the moneywort, or creeping Jenny, of E North America. Several unrelated plants are also called loosestrifeloosestrife,
common name for the Lythraceae, a widely distributed family of plants most abundant as woody shrubs in the American tropics but including also herbaceous species (chiefly of temperate zones) and some trees.
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. Primroses are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Primulales.
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primrose

Colorful, edible flower with sweet, bland taste. Note there is another plant also called Cowslip (Marsh Marigold) which isn’t the same.

primrose

symbol of early youth. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176; Kunz, 327]
See: Youth

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primrose

1. any of various temperate primulaceous plants of the genus Primula, esp P. vulgaris of Europe, which has pale yellow flowers
2. short for evening primrose
3. a light to moderate yellow, sometimes with a greenish tinge
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First there was the presentation - the reassuringly golden chips nestled delicately in their primrose yellow wrapper, shrouded in a fine mist of sprayed - not sprinkled - vinegar.
For the biggest flowers, then you must grow digitalis grandiflora that produces waist-high spikes of primrose yellow blooms above rosettes of green leaves.
The walls were covered in a primrose yellow matt emulsion, while the woodwork was freshened up with a bright white gloss.
Her Maj is a fan of the dress and coat combo in block brights - from fuchsia pink to the primrose yellow Angela Kelly outfit she wore to Kate and Wills' wedding.
The bill looked long and orange and its breast primrose yellow.
For containers grow the shorter varieties, which grow to around 2ft tall, such as Chinese Coral, Angel Pink, which is a distinctive bi-colour with mid pink petals and yellow throats, and Sunny Delight that has pretty primrose yellow flowers.
In bright outfits ranging from primrose yellow and sky blue to pink and lilac, she was immaculately turned out every day.
The Tulips this year are a variety called ``Spring Green'' which is a subtle mix of white and green and a ``Lily'' flowered variety called ``Sapporo'', with pointed petals of pale sulphur yellow that fade to white as they age, they are accompanied by primrose yellow and deep blue pansies.
The white walls were repainted in pastel, the sitting room became pale primrose yellow while the bathroom was bright with red cherries.
On the eighth day of her Canadian tour Kate caused a stir when she stepped off the plane in Calgary wearing a primrose yellow Jenny Packham dress that was a little bit fly away and showed more leg than she had bargained for.