The leaves form a radical rosette as in Primula (primrose, cowslip, &c.), or there is a well-developed aerial stem which is erect, as in species of Lysimachia, or creeping, as in Lysimachia Nummularia (creeping jenny or money-wort).
The flowers are solitary in the leaf-axils as in pimpernel, money-wort, &c., or umbelled as in primrose, where the umbel is sessile, and cowslip, where it is stalked, or in racemes or spikes as in species of Lysimachia.
The chief British genera are Primula, including P. vulgaris, primrose, P. veris, cowslip, P. elation, oxlip, and the small alpine species P. farinosa, with mealy leaves; Lysimachia, loose strife, including L.
Highflyer: Noble (D), Sir Peter Teazle (D), Skyscraper (D), Violante (0), Omphale (L), Cowslip (L), Spadille (L), Young Flora (L).
Contracted or shortened form (Umbel), Cowslip, Astrantia.
- Flower of cowslip (Primula veris) cut vertically.