While red roses dominate February because of Valentine’s Day, the importance of primrose – February birth flower is overlooked. Despite ‘rose’ in its name, it doesn’t belong to the rose family. In fact, primroses are of Primula genus. They are European natives, and first to bloom in spring.
Primroses are small flowers that usually bloom in light yellow, red, blue, purple, and white colors. Some of these flower species also bear bright yellow tone in the center. But they are even found in pink. These perennial flowers bear five petals joined at the base. What makes these flowers unique is that they either bloom in single or cluster on leafless stalks. Besides being February birth flower, primroses are used for their medicinal and culinary properties.
Since primrose is found in British Isles, it is called English Primrose. It also earned an epithet of “key flower” in England due to its resemblance to a bunch of hanging keys. The key look also got them another name as “Herb Peter” since a bunch of keys is St. Peter’s symbol.
Primrose is a delicate and beautiful flower that makes it distinct from other. It blooms in a few colors with an attractive and appealing yellow tone in the center. Giving this flower to someone symbolizes deep affection for the recipient. In simple words, it means “you cannot live without the recipient.”
Primrose is used for making cowslip wine as a sedative. It is also boiled with sugar to prepare a syrup for treating palsy and nervousness. A mixture of its juice and other ingredients is used to prepare an ointment that removes dark circles and wrinkles. However, people who are allergic to flowers cannot use the ointment for beauty purpose. They have to consult physicians before using it.
Primrose flowers are also used as preservatives for extending the shelf life of food products. They can be eaten raw as salads or used in powder-form as a garnish. But since there are around 400 species of Primula, one must know what type is safe for consuming. Being easy to grow and care, these perennial flowers can be a fantastic addition to a garden.
Does any person close to you is born in February? If yes, then gift primrose – the February birthday flower. For a lovely birthday flower arrangement of primroses, contact Prospect Flowers, Pune. This online florist is a grower, supplier, and wholesaler of flowers.