FORM Usually perennial herbs, a few annuals.
Species 800 species in our area 28 (Gray); 26 (B&B)43
Distribution Northern hemisphere
Flowers each stamen is attached to the center of a petal (instead of at the junction of two petals) solitary, in loose clusters or umbels
#Parts 5 fused sepals, 5 fused petals, 5 stamens (starflower 6-7 parts).
Leaves simple undivided, may be opposite, whorled or in basal rosettes
|Primulas and Cyclamen are cultivated species, natives in our area include whorled loostrife and shooting star.|