|Yellow Flowering Primula Veris|
I planted this primula some years ago...it was from a gardening friend who was in his upper 70's and who could garden circles around me. His energy was incredible and his gardens extensive. A former English teacher, he bought interesting plants and bulbs from all over the world and this was one of many plants he passed on to me.
I really didn't know much about it except that it was a primrose, and not the ones you commonly find in the stores. So, I did a bit of research to learn more about this beautiful hardy perennial with its sunshine-y petals.
It is thought that the name "cowslip" comes from when it was found blooming in the meadows where cows were pastured. It is a low-growing plant with a rosette of leaves that produces a stalks of 10-30 flowers on a single stem. It is a parent of the modern primrose and blooms from April to May. It's also a favorite food of rabbits and I'm thankful my one specimen has survived the many rabbits in our little bit of suburbia.
Some of its herbal uses are for insomnia and anxiety in tincture form. The petals are thought to have a calming effect and promote sweating in the case of fevers. Ointments with the petals are used for sunburns and skin blemishes.
|Common Name: Cowslip|
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