Primula florindae

Giant cowslip

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Hardy perennial

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photo by Marcus Harpur, copyright GAP Photos (16249)

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The largest and most impressive species cowslip. It has leaves up to 45cm long and clusters of up to 80, nodding, pale yellow flowers from July to August. Vigorous and long-lived, it thrives in moist soil which doesn't dry out, with bog gardens and stream-sides ideal. To avoid a build-up of large colonies, deadhead the plants before they get a chance to self-seed. To raise a few new plants, collect seed - which remains viable for several years - and sow when ripe or in late winter.

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Primula

Species: florindae

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: September to April

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