Cowslip

Cowslip

About Cowslip

Primula veris (Cowslip; syn. Primula officinalis Hill) is a flowering plant in the genus Primula. 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 derives from the Old English cowshit meaning 'cow dung', probably because the plant was often found growing amongst the manure in cow pastures. The species name veris means 'of spring'. Folk names include Cowslip, Cuy lippe, Herb Peter, Paigle, Peggle, Key Flower, Key of Heaven, Fairy Cups, Petty Mulleins, Crewel, Buckles, Palsywort, Plumrocks. Primula veris is a low growing herbaceous perennial plant with a rosette of leaves 5-15 cm long and 2-6 cm broad.

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