This is one of the earliest spring flowers with a host of single flower stems growing from a basal rosette of bright green leaves. It spreads to cover the ground in open woods and shaded hedgerows. To prevent excessive damage to the species, picking of primroses or the removal of primrose plants from the wild is illegal. When planting dig in plenty of compost, and plant low amidst surrounding ground cover. Ideally plant in groups near ponds or ditches.