Scientific name: Primula veris
One of our most familiar spring flowers, the Cowslip brightens up ancient meadows and woodlands with its egg-yolk-yellow, nodding blooms.
StatisticsHeight: up to 25cm
Protected in Northern Ireland under the Wildlife Order, 1985.
When to seeApril to May
AboutThe Cowslip is a cousin of the Primrose and is also an early spring flower. Formerly a common plant of traditional hay meadows, ancient woodlands and hedgerows, the loss of these habitats has caused a serious decline in its populations and now fields coloured bright yellow with its nodding heads are a rare sight.
Like many other spring flowers, the Cowslip is closely associated with English folklore and tradition, including adorning garlands for May Day and being strewn on church paths for weddings.