Cowslip - Primula veris


Low to short hairy plant. Leaves oblong and abruptly narrowing into the stalk. Flowers deep yellow 9 to 15 mm with orange markings in the centre, sweetly fragrant up to 30 in nodding one-sided cluster.

Similar Species

Primroses and 'Polyanthas' escaped from gardens.

Identification difficulty

Grassy habitats, meadows and pastures etc.  It is often introduced as seed or small plants in natural landscaping schemes

When to see it

April and May.

Life History


UK Status

Less common than previously in Britain having suffered a severe decline. It can however be quite abundant where it is found.


VC55 Status

In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 288 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native; old grassland, avoiding acid soils; locally abundant.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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