Primula veris (cowslipcommon cowslipsyn. Primula officinalis Hill) is a flowering plant in the genus Primula of the familyPrimulaceae. The species is native throughout most of temperate Europe and Asia, and although absent from more northerly areas including much of northwest Scotland, it reappears in northernmost Sutherland and Orkney.
The common name cowslip may derive from the old English for cow dung, probably because the plant was often found growing amongst the manure in cow pastures. An alternative derivation simply refers to slippery or boggy ground; again, a typical habitat for this plant.
The species name vēris means “of spring”. However, this is not the first primula to flower, being preceded by the primrose P. vulgaris.
Other folk names include cuy lippe, herb peter, paigle, peggle, key flower, key of heaven, fairy cups, petty mulleins, crewel, buckles, palsywort, plumrocks, tittypines.
The cowslip is frequently found on more open ground than the primrose, including open fields, meadows, coastal dunes and clifftops. The plant suffered a decline due to changing agricultural practices throughout the 1970s and 1980s in Britain. It may therefore be rare locally, though where found it may be abundant. Additionally the seeds are now often included in wildflower seed mixes used to landscape motorway banks and similar civil engineering earthworks where the plants may be seen in dense stands. This practice has led to a revival in its fortunes.

Well all that said it is my belief that the Cowslip is probably the prettiest wild flower we have in the UK.Aren't they the most beautiful wild flower you can find in the UK?


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One Response to Cowslip

  1. blosslyn says:

    Lovely photo, we have lots of cowslips in the Fens where we live, saw lots yesterday in different churchyards and I agree it is the prettiest and has always been my favourite. Thanks for sharing.

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