The Primrose is February's Birth Flower


Everyone knows that they have a specific birthstone that is placed in jewelry and trinkets to signify the month they were born in. However, many people don't know that just like the stones, each month has a flower or two as well, which symbolizes birth. Here is the history and meaning behind your birth flower, the primrose.

February: Primrose
Alternate: Violet

The Primrose has the botanic name of Primula vulgaris and is a low to the ground herb that flowers and is found mainly in western and southern Europe including the British Isles. It is also known as the Common Primrose and the English Primrose. It is one of the earliest spring flowers to bloom, and when left alone can quickly cover the ground in open woods and forests.

People love this light yellowish flower so much, that in populated areas it is now illegal to pick or remove the flower without permission from the property owner. It is now hard to find natural displays of Primrose in abundance because of all the collecting that has been done by residents and tourists looking for this flower.

The Primrose is a relatively small flower, generally 25-40mm across and is normally found in a light yellow, almost white hue, with a bright yellow center. However, in some areas wild pink Primrose can be found growing, and as with the Carnation, cultivators have created Primrose in various other colors.

Fun and interesting fact: The Primrose League was given its' name because the 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli, preferred the Primrose flower to all other species of flower.

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