Primula veris
Uses: Medicinal Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 5-9)
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall Ease of Germination: Moderate
Native to Europe and Asia, this attractive wildflower is adorned with bright yellow, honey scented blossoms that bloom in early spring. Not to be confused with “oxlip” a similar looking rarer plant with pale yellow flowers. Some suggest it was noticed growing in fertile soils near cow manure which led to the origin of its name. Flowers are edible and can be used to garnish deserts. Young leaves can also be added to dishes. Dried flower petals can be brewed into a tea. It is valued medicinally for its anti-histamine and sedative oils in its flower petals. It is also believed to be a blood purifier. The high saponin content makes the roots an effective expectorant, helping to relieve respiratory infections. Cowslip played an important role in the Elizabethan era, mentioned in William Shakespeares plays and used in topical creams to soothe burns. Thrives in rich moist soil in a partly shady spot. Attracts bees, butterflies and moths. Perfect for borders, rock gardens, along pathways and in woodlands. Self seeding. Sow in late summer or autumn as seeds need a chill cycle to germinate. Ht 10 inches.
S1950 Seeds $4.75/pkt
S1950 Bulk Seeds $11.00/g, $72.00/10g
Currency: United States Dollar

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