National Primrose Day is a holiday that is celebrated on February 5 every year. This floral holiday is loved and celebrated by many people in the U.K. The holiday is also dedicated to a virgin martyr named St. Agatha. The Primrose has several names. It can be called ‘English Primrose’, ‘Common Primrose’, or ‘Primula vulgaris’. It is a flowering herb that grows low on the ground. It is usually found in Southern and Western Europe which includes Britain.
History of National Primrose Day
The primrose gets its name from the Latin words ‘prima rosa’ which means ‘first rose.’ The flower belongs to the primula family. There are about 1,000 varieties. The primrose flower that can be seen beautifying banks, hedgerows, and gardens, is called the ‘Common Primrose’. The plant has pretty soft yellow flowers. The flowers rise on hairy stems that have tough leathery leaves. Primroses have been known to bloom as early as December in some countries. In southern and southwestern counties, the plant can continue to flower until late May. The flower serves as an important source of nectar for spring butterflies. Primroses mark the transition from winter to spring.
Primroses have significance in folklore. They are symbols of eternal love in the Irish tradition. They are also supposed to prevent fairies from entering when they are festooning a doorway. Primroses are significant in English folklore as well. They are usually used as a burial garland for young women who have died during the spring. The primrose’s pale colors denote purity.
The British conservation charity ‘Plantlife’ led a nationwide campaign to identify and designate a native wildflower for each county in the year 2002. Devon county chose the primrose flower as its official county flower. This makes National Primrose Day a bit more special for the lovely people of Devon county. There is a bronze statue of Lord Beaconsfield in Parliament Square that was decorated with primroses on the anniversary of his death every year.
National Primrose Day timeline
The first description of heterostyly plants is penned down.
The ‘Evening Primrose’ becomes a cottage garden favorite.
The book, “The Flower Garden”, written by Joseph Breck describes five varieties of the Evening Primrose.
Charles Darwin publishes his discoveries about primroses.
National Primrose Day FAQs
Is there a primrose drink?
Wine can be made with young primrose flowers. The dried leaves of the primrose plant can also be used to make tea.
Do animals eat primrose?
The rare butterfly species called ‘Duke of Burgundy Butterfly’ eats primrose.
What ailment can primrose treat?
Primrose has been used in the treatment of gout, paralysis, and rheumatism.
National Primrose Day Activities
Get a primrose
You can take part in the holiday by getting yourself some primrose flowers. You can buy them or pluck them.
Learn about primroses
You can do some research to find out more about primroses. They have benefits you’ll be happy to discover.
Extract oil from the flower
The Primrose can be used in oil form. It has health and beauty benefits.
5 Facts About Primroses
They grow all year round
The Primrose has species that are both perennial and annual.
They have numerous species
Primrose is a unique flower because it has approximately 600 different species.
They can grow tall
Primroses can grow to between 10 and 20 inches tall.
They are herbaceous
Primroses are mostly herbaceous plants that have no woody stem.
They have long leaves
Primroses are known to have long leaves that are usually crowded together.
Why We Love National Primrose Day
They are medicinal
Primroses are known to have medicinal properties. We can enjoy them not just for their aesthetic value but also for their benefit to us.
They can be eaten
Some primrose flowers can be eaten in salads or as a garnish. They have been found to have high calcium, iron, and protein content.
They have different colors
The flowers of primroses can be pink, yellow, blue, or white. Having a Primrose garden will truly be a feast to the sense.
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