Monday, 14 July 2008
Photo courtesy of Jenny Taylor. Jenny was out walking along Yesnaby, along the cliffs of the West Mainland, and took some photos of Primula scotica. This is an alpine plant which grows about 10cm high at most. In the wild it can only be found in the far north of the Scottish Mainland (Caithness or Sutherland) and in a few sites in Orkney. It tends to like moist but well drained soil and grows in grazed natural grassland close to the coast – usually within a mile at most of the shore-line. Apparently this plant grows nowhere else in the world! The tiny plant has two flowering periods, one in early spring and the main season in July or August when most plants are in flower.