Common name: Primula
Botanical name: Primula species (includes P. malacoides, P. obconica, P. floribunda, P. forbesii, P. sinensis)
Other common names: Fairy primrose, German primrose, poison primrose, buttercup primrose, baby primrose, Chinese primrose.
General description: An annual or short-lived perennial herb cultivated as a pot plant or garden ornamental.
Flowers: Flowers can range in colour from white to pink and purple, as well as shades of yellow and orange, usually with a yellow centre. The flowers are either in tiered whorls or clusters at the end of a leafless stem.
Leaves: The green leaves form a basal rosette, sparsely to softly hairy, with distinctive wrinkled venation, are rounded in shape with a crenate or notched margin.
Fruit/Berries: The fruit is a capsule.
Symptoms: Mild to severe skin reactions can occur, usually after the plant has been handled. The irritant can be transferred from the hands to other parts of the body – especially the face, mouth and eyes. Symptoms can include burning, redness, itching, swelling and contact dermatitis.
Eye contact may cause redness and swelling.
Toxicity category: 3
Warning: For eye exposures rinse the eye with water for 15 minutes. Seek medical attention if eye is red or sore.