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Primula veris



Adds some early spring colour

A classic English wildflower, and a welcome sign of spring; with their upright stems and familiar drooping, tubular, yellow flowers above a rosette of mid green leaves.


Cowslips can be grown as part of a wildlife garden, at the front of a border or in a container. Best in shady position, but will tolerate a sunnier spot.


Easy to grow in most moist soil. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing. Keep well watered.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - June
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From February to June