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Cowslips Fran Rarefield

Along the wildlife hedge and beyond into the wildflower meadow

Cowslips are a native plant of Europe and western Asia. They were a common sight in the british countryside in wildflower meadows and pastures. Indeed 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.

The plant has suffered a decline due to changing agricultural practices and loss of its traditional habitat - traditional meadows, ancient woodlands and hedgerows. 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

Primula veris, the common cowslip is one the 500 diferent species of primroses, that grow across the temperate northern hemisphere, south into tropical mountains in Ethiopia, Indonesia and New Guinea, and in temperate southern South America. Almost half of the known species are from the Himalayas.

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AGM  (Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit).  This award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS following plant trials during which the plant met strict criteria testing its garden worthiness.  More information


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