Primula obconica
The Poisonous Primrose or German Primrose

Welcome! My website is not about Primrose Everdeen, the character in the book The Hunger Games, but rather about the fascinating and poisonous plant Primula obconica. Primula obconica is the scientific name given to what is commonly known as the Poisonous Primrose. Its name is the diminutive of the Latin primus, meaning "first" and obconica meaning inversely conical. P. obconica is included in the primrose family because it is one of the first plants to bloom in spring. If you are curious about the history of this plant or how it is related to other organisms, you can visit the my family page for more information.

The Poisonous Primrose is commonly found in the Northern Hemisphere and can live in a variety of soil types. Its adaptations allow it to survive in many different habitats.  The Poisonous Primrose acquires  nutrients by way of photosynthesis. This is one interaction that is a benefit to humans because it provides us with oxygen! However, this plant can also have a negative interaction with humans because it is poisonous. For more information about how to protect yourself from this poison, you can visit the watch out page. Finally, how does this plant reproduce? Plants reproduce in a very different way from humans, so check out passing the torch for more information.

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“The earth laughs in flowers.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't know where to start? Check out the what the Poisonous Primrose
calls its family.


This site was created by Heather Willems who is a student at the
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. For more information, visit the about the author page.

This page was last modified April 2013.