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cowslip

(kou′slĭp′)
n.
1. A Eurasian primrose (Primula veris) having fragrant yellow flowers, widely cultivated as an ornamental and long used in herbal medicine.
2. See marsh marigold.
A perennial herb, the flowers and roots of which contain flavonoids, glycosides, and saponins; it is analgesic, antispasmodic, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, and sedative. It has been used internally for arthritis, headache, insomnia, measles, paralysis, respiratory tract infections, and restlessness, and topically for sunburns
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Cowslips have also been used by humans for many varied medicinal purposes over the centuries particularly to solve sleeping problems.
There are taller varieties such as the lollipopshaped flowers of Primula denticulata, which come out a bit later, or the traditional, more familiar types such as the primrose and the cowslip.
The Romans believed Cowslip flowers possessed aphrodisiac properties, and were made into love potions, and crystallised.
Also at The Leas, mild autumnal weather could be the cause of some un-seasonal sightings in November when rangers spotted a cowslip in bloom and a red admiral butterfly.
Finally I must mention the wonderful display of native cowslips along the A55, thanks to the highways authority and obtained, I was told, from the Liverpool National Wildflower Centre.
This year it's been a great success, with a succession of wild flowers, from cowslips onwards, and the many beautiful seedheads of the grasses.
They are really easy to grow, flourishing in virtually any situation provided they are planted in rich soil, although cowslips favour freedraining soil and the Asiatic types provide a riot of colour in heavy soil.
Primula denticulataflourishing in virtually any situation provided they are planted in rich soil, although cowslips favour free-draining soil and the Asiatic types provide a riot of colour in heavy soil.
"It's such a lovely time of year here, the cowslips are in flower whilst the goslings and mallard chicks are exploring around the lagoons." explained Helen Jowett, Visitor Experience Manager.
SEEDS OF SENTIMENT: I've planted double cowslips, some more white trilliums to go with the trillium grandiflora I planted on Gardeners' World a few weeks ago.
Most will feature the traditional meadow favourites like poppies, foxgloves, buttercups, cornflowers, toadflax, primroses, daisies, cowslips and the like.