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Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 19:35
landgirl100 wrote (see)

That is beautiful!

Yeah! I got the seed from Emorsgate Seeds

Species: Oxlip - Primula elatior 
Quantity: 1 g 
Cost: £2.50

They came up no trouble sown in the autumn. I sowed into plug trays and then planted straight out as soon as they'd hold together. I use an old broom handle whittled into a cone. Jab it into the ground and pop the plug in. You can have 120, 2 trays planted in no time.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 18:44

Me too, they're gorgeous


Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 18:19

I got a nice, pinky, purple one come up, I really can't say what the parent was since the leaves are tiny. I have P. scotica

and P. farinosa


which are really tiny so it's possible they could be one parent. Who knows? Here it is, not a great photo but the only one I could find.



Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 16:19

Oh, the thread has been hijacked. Why do people do this. get your own thread.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 15:01

Hi lg I'm sure you have. According to Stace, 'New Flora of the British Isles', the red-brown form does exist albeit rarely, but I think it's more likely if it's being sold in a GC to be a hybrid, and without a genetic test we'd never know if it were a pure P. veris. However this


that Swedboy linked is most definitely a hybrid. And an ex-cowslip.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 12:02
Swedboy wrote (see)

My red one came from a nursery who sold it with a lable saying Primula Veris Orange with Yellow.

To me it looks like a cowslip but from the photos I have seen its really had to tell the difference. Sadly  I have no photos of my red one only one I found via google.

Well, you can't rely on nurseries to label accurately unfortunately. They will more often than not 'dumb down' their labels because people like to 'know' what they're buying.  I have never seen a true orange or red Cowslip. You have to remember that primulas are one of the most promiscuous plants in the garden. They even have two other 'genders'. Pin and thrum. 


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 11:51
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I accidentally created a white garden years ago. I never manage co-ordination when it comes to colour and timing.

I didn't like it much, a bit unnatural


nutcutlet wrote (see)

I accidentally created a white garden years ago. I never manage co-ordination when it comes to colour and timing.

I didn't like it much, a bit unnatural

Yeah I agree, your eye gets very bored with it very quickly. A friend of mine in London did it. It was a very nice garden but I wanted to throw a packet of poppy seeds over it every time I went.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 16:49

I bought one plant, it's only just started growing so I've not had the pleasure of seeing it in flower yet. But they look a beautiful colour. I couldn't do a Sissinghurst white garden.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 16:45
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I've got vulgaris/veris crosses. Most of them are too big and 'cultivated' in appearance for the wild parts of the garden where they grow.

and you're right Jim, if they have a common name it might as well be cowslip


The hybrids I have are only in the front and were due to my stupidity, I removed the seed beds and scattered them in some grass on the other side (so they're all still small), not thinking for a second they'd have hybridised. There's one down in the entrance to the meadows which is huge in comparison the species. That's hybrid vigour for you.

That reminds me. I bought seeds of Geranium sanguineum lancastriense from Chiltern seeds, not one of them came through pink, all red. They told me, " you need to understand that they're all open pollinated." So I said, "well you need to understand that your description said Geranium sanguineum lancastriense and if they're open pollinated then they can't be Geranium sanguineum lancastriense so I'd like a refund thanks. I got one.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 16:30

Only two left, the top one is a hybrid, false oxlip and the bottom is a cowslip, P. veris.

comparing these makes me think yours is a Cowslip x 'Oxlip type' hybrid. Sorry, Oxlip is P. elatior. See photos on this page, not read the text. 


By, the way, not all reports say P. veris x vulgaris is sterile. But it isn't easy to tell the P.veris x oxlip type hybrid apart from the P.veris x vulgaris hybrid.



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