Primula veris


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Primula veris

Plant details

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.

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Primula

Species: veris

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 25cm

Spread: 25cm

Time to divide plants: September to April

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Thirty years ago I raised some of these plants from seed and there a still some plants in the front garden, every year some plants get lost, but there are always some new plants too. They've never been invasive.

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