Primula veris / Cowslip / Seeds

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Primula veris / Cowslip / Seeds

A lovely British wildflower with umbels of fragrant deep yellow flowers in spring from March to May.  Cowslips grow a rosette of semi-evergreen leaves and characteristic stalks of nodding flowerheads, growing to a height of about 25cm.   Plants look great at edging, in pots, in rockeries and wilder parts of your garden.  Plants attract bees, butterflies and moths.

Cowslips grow best in sun to light shade and moist but not waterlogged soils. They do not tolerate deep shade well.   They will naturalise in the right places.


Pack of approx 500 seeds.  Sow indoors in spring and summer and plant outside after hardening off.  Or sow the seeds in autumn, either outside or in an unheated greenhouse and seeds germinate in the spring.  Germination is erratic so sow more than you need.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

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Hardiness Hardy semi-evergreen perennial (RHS Hardiness H5)
Flowers March to May, earlier in warmer gardens
Height 25cm
Spread 20 - 30cm
Conditions  Sun to part shade and moist, well drained soil
Sow Sow in autumn/winter 1mm deep in a tray of moist seed compost.  Place a clear plastic lid over the tray and keep in a sheltered place outside.  Seeds germinate in spring over several months. Or sow in spring/summer and keep at 15-20C.   Germination takes 2-4 weeks.  If there is no germination, move the tray to a fridge for 4 weeks and back into room temperature for germination.  Do not exclude light, which helps germination.  High temperatures may suspend germination.  Transplant seedlings into pots when they are big enough to handle and then into the garden in a sunny, well drained position.  
Grow Plants need little attention once established.  No pruning is need, just tidy up the plant after flowering.  Mature clumps can be divided in autumn.  You can also take basal cuttings.