Primula veris

Primula veris

Cowslip

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Primula veris
  • Common name: Cowslip
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 25cm

Spread: 25cm

Flower colour:
  • Yellow
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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Primula veris

The cowslip, Primula veris, is one of the most striking native primula species. It has fresh green rosettes of crinkly oval leaves from which several flower stems are produced, each crowned by a one-sided cluster of long, funnel-shaped blooms, rich yellow and sweetly fragrant. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Primula veris in moist soil in partial shade. It's best grown in groups, especially if naturalised in grass, such as around the edge of a pond. Let plants self-seed after flowering, and mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil, Succeeds on poor soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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