Cowslip (Primula veris)
Cowslip's common name comes from the Old English for cow dung! Another name for Primula veris was St Peter's Keys - the flowers were said to represent the keys to the gates of Heaven, and as such took pride of place in many Easter festivities. Primula veris is, typically, a plant of short grassland, so would have been associated with meadows grazed by livestock. Unlike many meadow flowers, this species flowers in the spring, bringing a welcome splash of yellow plus nectar and pollen for long-tongued bees and the odd spring butterfly. Cowslips thrive in well drained but moist soils, and need an open sunny site - in contrast with relations the Primrose, Primula vulgaris, and the rarer Oxlip, Primula elatior.
Cowslip seed needs a period of cold before germinating, so should be sown in autumn. Seeds are small, averaging 1000/g.
Supplier : British Wildflower Plants / Emorsgate
Our Cowslip plants and seeds have guaranteed UK provenance and are supplied by signatories to the Flora Locale code of practice.
We donate half of our profit on sales of Primula veris to Buglife