Primula elatior (Oxslip)

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Light/Partial Shade
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Moist But Well-Drained
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Plant Overview

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. Our plants are grown from seed collected from plants held by a reputable international seed company.

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

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.