After the daffodil the primrose is probably the flower that is most closely associated with spring. As well as providing delicate colour to the garden and hedgerow the humble primrose can be found in many herbals, going back as far as Pliny. The latter regarded it as an important remedy for rheumatism, paralysis and gout. Modern day herbalists recommend an infusion of the root as a treatment for headaches. From a culinary perspective the flowers and young foliage can used in salads.