Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In | Plantsman's Favourites -

This hy­brid strain of cowslip is al­ways a wel­come sight in spring when it lights up a shady cor­ner. It’s so un­ex­pect­edly vi­brant that it cre­ates a real fris­son of ex­cite­ment when it ap­pears. Its f low­ers, which smell like heaven, are in shades of red, or­ange and yel­low and they last for ages. The species is na­tive to parts of Europe (although not the Nether­lands), so it nat­u­ralises well. The flower stem is cov­ered in a white pow­der that says: don’t touch me! So we just leave the plant alone and ad­mire its beauty. Some­times it gives a short, sec­ond flow­er­ing in au­tumn. Height 20cm. Ori­gin Europe, Asia. Con­di­tions Moist but well-drained soil; part to full shade. Har­di­ness RHS H6. Sea­son Spring.

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