Primula elatior (Oxslip)

Full Shade
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained
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Plant Details

The Oxslip is a rare British native. Similar (and related) to the more widely available cowslip, but with large, paler flowers which smell of apricots. Flowers in spring and early summer.

Oxlip is a nationally scarce species and is classed as near threatened in Britain.

Height: 18cm

Common name(s): True Oxlip, Bardfield Oxlip, Paigle.

Traditionally found in damp woodlands and meadows in Britain, this is one of the wildflowers now sadly in decline.

Oxlips were traditionally used to treat coughs and rheumatism.



Picture:susan mccall / Essex Oxlip

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