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19/04/2013 at 12:06

I grow cowslips from my own collected seed each year as its just so easy and they are great spring plants.  I know that they can cross pollinate quite readily and often find variations in the flower colour, size and form. 

This year, I came across this one.  It has flowers bourne on upright stems although not as tall as cowslips. It looks great, the white edging to the petals real make the flower stand out.  The downside is that the slugs love the flowers and regulary find the flowers gone within a day of flowering.


19/04/2013 at 12:24

The genes for those colours must be in the somewhere. I've just had a palish pink appeared, looks primrose in shape rather than cowslip but both are growing nearby and both could be involved.

That looks a nice one though

19/04/2013 at 12:43

This is a bee caused hybrid betwixt the native Cowslip and one of the coloured monstrosities sold as Primula. There is a problem in that the genes which causes the colour are contaminating the native stock. There are patches of pale pink Primroses down our lane. Sad to lose the native ones to these hybrids.

19/04/2013 at 12:45

Should I cull mine do you think Berghill? It's not an improvement on the original.

And what about those primrose/cowslip crosses? Primrose colour but like a oversized cowslip.

19/04/2013 at 15:31

Primulas will do these sort of things - basically, keep it if you like it, pull it out if you don't - can't stop bees doing their thing - thank goodness!

19/04/2013 at 17:09

Exactly, keep them if they are nice, dispose if you do not like them.

Primula veris and Primula vulgaris cross in the wild to form False Oxlip.

19/04/2013 at 21:58

I found some deep orange cowslips growing among my wild ones.....very pretty !  I have moved them to a special corner, and they have continued to seed orange - good result as far as I`m concerned...

21/04/2013 at 08:58
Me too I have pretty orange /pink cowslips and still some native yellow ones.Let the bees do their best!
21/04/2013 at 13:36

We are however, into the same problem area as with Spanish Bluebells and  our Natives ones. How long before there are no truly wild unconntaminated Primula veris'vulgaris/scotia/ elatior left in the wild?

It is a major problemin many ways, that our small native flora (and comnpared to our European neighbours, the number of endemic species here is tiny) is being overwhelmed by 'strangers' as well as habitat loss.

22/04/2013 at 13:57

There is a local market stall that is selling deep orange "cowslips" and have to say they are vile things.  There is something elegant about the native cowslip. 

24/04/2013 at 13:25
Good point Berghill, did not think about losing our native plants.I have the Spanish Bluebells in my front garden,& tried to get rid of them last year, only to find they have grown twice as thick this year.
25/04/2013 at 01:09

Now thats pretty,as for slugs have you tried coarse sand around the base of your plants as snails and slugs wont crawl on sand they hate it.Or diatomaceous earth which looks like flower to us but is broken glass to slugs.


06/05/2013 at 14:34

I have many cowslips in my garden but 2 plants have double flowers. A second cup is growing from the first cup. They are a lovely deep yellow in colour. I have never seen double cowslips before, are they common?


06/05/2013 at 17:22

Like these?

How exciting - you may have something quite special 

07/05/2013 at 15:39

Thanks for your reply. I think they are hose-in -hose. How wonderful. I found some seedlings in the grass by them so have dug them up and potted them up. I will see how they go. The main plants are 2 big clumps, can I split them later on?I will try and collect seed as well.


08/05/2013 at 05:51

You lucky thing 

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