Cowslip – Primula veris

Cowslip (Primula veris) is a relative of the Primrose. It flowers early in the spring and is formerly a common plant of the traditional meadow, anciet woodland and hedgerows. The bright yellow coloured, nodding head of Cowslip in the fields used to be a common site but this is becoming more rare each year. The Cowslip has a rosette of crinkly, tongue like green leaves at the base with tube like bright golden yellow flowers that are often clustered together at the end of a slim, tall green stem.

The flowers are a bright yellow colour but seem to be orange at the base and are arranged in an umbel that droops to one side. These flowers appear throughout April and May. The seeds are disguised by the sepals, these seeds take as unusually long time to develop fully and would not shed until July.

Cowslip is intolerant to waterlogged souls and is rarely found n shaded palces. It produces a reasonable amount of seeds, it is pollinated by Long Tongued Bees, Butterflies and moths.

Height: 15 – 30cm
Flowering Time: April – May
Preferred Conditions: Thrives in moist draining soil, mainly around grassland areas.

Cowslip - Primula veris