Name of Perennial - Knowledgebase Question

Colebrook, NH
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Question by wwoodard
June 9, 1999
Do you have plant called Keys of Heaven? What is the proper name?


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Answer from NGA
June 9, 1999
Primula veris, or Cowslip, is commonly called Key of Heaven. Quite early in the spring, the Cowslip begins to produce its leaves. At first, each is just two tight coils, rolled backwards and lying side by side; these slowly unroll and a leaf similar to that of a Primrose, but shorter and rounder, appears. All the leaves lie nearly flat on the ground in a rosette, from the centre of which rises a long stalk, crowned by the flowers, which spring all from one point, in separate little stalks, and thus form an 'umbel.' The number of the flowers in an umbel varies very much in different specimens. Seeds of Cowslip are available from Cyberseeds, PO Box 171102, San Antonio, TX 78217-1102.

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