Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Primula veris x vulgaris (P. x polyantha) Miller - False Oxlip - Primulaceae
Primula veris x vulgaris (P. x polyantha)
© Graham Day
Primula veris x vulgaris (P. x polyantha)
© Paul Hackney
Primula veris x vulgaris (P. x polyantha)
(Map updated: March 2008)
 

Where cowslips (Primula veris) and primroses (P. vulgaris) grow together they frequently hybridise. Cowslips are only native in the Carboniferous limestone districts of Northern Ireland, so the distribution of the hybrid in the wild reflects this. Outside this Carboniferous limestone area, cowslips are commonly grown in gardens so that the hybrid is occasionally reported from gardens well away from the cowslip's native populations. The hybrid is called the false oxlip because it resembles oxlip (P. elatior) - a species not found in Ireland.

All names: Primula veris x vulgaris (P. x polyantha) Miller; Primula x polyantha Miller; Primula veris x vulgaris; Primula x variabilis Goupil, non Bast.