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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.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: September to April
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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