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False oxlip

June 23, 2012

in Flora & fauna

It seems like such a damning name for such a lovely plant. It’s not an oxlip (Primula elatior) but a cross between two other kinds of primula, the cowslip (P veris) and the primrose (P vulgaris).  It takes the best of both parents, having the large flowers of the ground-hugging primrose but raising them above the grass so their cascade of blooms catch the early spring sunshine. From below, the light makes the fine hairs sparkle and the vivid green calyx light up.

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