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Plant-lore Archive, September 2011

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During September 2011 Plant-lore Archive received 77 items of information from 14 contributors, 7 press-cuttings, 2 offprints and 6 miscellaneous items.

Image of a ‘miscellaneous item’: Primrose League lapel badge, manufactured in Birmingham, date unknown.
The Primrose League was formed in 1883 in memory of, and in support of the political ideas of Benjamin Disraeli, later Lord Beaconsfield (1804-81), who served as Prime Minister in 1868 and 1874-80. Primrose (Primula vulgaris), was said to have been Disraeli’s favourite flower which League supporters wore on the anniversary of his death (19 April). In the early part of the twentieth century this custom caused alarm as it was thought that it would lead to the extinction of wild primroses, but later in the century the support for the League declined. According to The Times of 19 April 1990 its members still included about 30 Conservative Members of Parliament, but in December 2004 the League was finally disbanded.

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