Choose a country to see content specific to your location

Skip to main content
A picture of a Cowslip


Primula veris

Also known as


Photo by CandideUK (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size







5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Cowslip

A photo of Cowslip
A photo of Cowslip
A photo of Cowslip

Cowslip Overview

This sweet fragrant wildflower was once common throughout the UK, and could be found in hedgerows, ancient woodlands and traditional hay meadows. In Spring it produces upright stems bearing bright yellow bell shaped nodding flowers which stand out above their foliage and look amazing when planted on mass.

Common problems with Cowslip

How to harvest Cowslip

Collect young flowers from areas that haven't been contaminated with passing dogs, field sprays, etc.

How to propagate Cowslip


Take root basal cutting in Spring, Select strong shoots about 10cm long and cut as close to the base as possible. Remove lower leaves and pinch out the top. Sink cuttings upto 2.5cm deep around the edge onf a pot containing potting compost. Water in and mist cuttings reguarly. Provide bottom heat.


Allow plants to self seed and lift 1 year old seedlings the following year.


Lift and divide clumps after the flowers have faded in Spring, replant straight away in damp semi shaded locations.

Special features of Cowslip

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Cowslip

This low maintenance plant suits being included wildflower meadows, wildlife gardens, woodland settings, informal cottage designs as well as containers and beds and borders. Once used in herbal medicines as a sedative, the flowers were more commonly collected for making Cowslip wine or added to salads or mixed with other herbs to stuff meats.

Spring Blooms for Pollinators – Top 20

A choice of the best spring flowering plants for pollinators.

Explore all

Flowers - Sow Under Cover in September

Thinking ahead to next year - sow these seeds for early spring and summer colour.

Explore all


About usCareersPrivacy policy

Candide is your guide to visiting UK public gardens. Find the best gardens, buy tickets and enter with just your phone. Download the app for offline tickets, community access and more.

Terms & ConditionsCode of Conduct

© 2023 Candide

Made in Bristol