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By Pam24

London, United Kingdom Gb

Is this plant a primrose, polyanthus or oxlip. Or a hybrid?
My Dad collected seed in his garden and grew them and I have collected more seed and done the same. What confuses me is some have long stems with multiple flowers and some seem to have one stem one flower...!




The leaves look like polyanthus to me. I have never seen one that looks like this one though.

22 Feb, 2011


That looks like a cross between the pink version of the common primrose (where it has crossed with the 'polyanthus' types) and a Cowslip to me.

22 Feb, 2011


the primulas are very promiscuous tut tut. I suspect it is a hybrid between them. there is a red form of cowslip but the flower form is wrong for that.

22 Feb, 2011


Owdboggy and Seaburngirl are right. A cross. The leaves have the distinctive short 'stem', making them 'spade' like, a legacy of the cowslip lineage showing through. (Primroses are longer in the leaf). The colour will have come from a pink primula somewhere nearby, and the inconsistency with the single/multi stem characteristic is because it's a hybrid. Worthy

23 Feb, 2011


Thanks for the replies, they all make sense.
Is it possible to have it recognised as a new plant and how would I go about doing that? I already call it A L Burr, after my Dad.

23 Feb, 2011


I am not sure that it is sufficiently different or unique to be worth the effort of having it registered as a new plant. That can take a very long time. Some firends have been having a Geranium assessed, accepted, propagated and now on sale and it has taken over 5 years.
You can of course propagate it and sell it under any name you choose.
I must also say that I pull out and compost very similar ones every year from our garden.

23 Feb, 2011

How do I say thanks?

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