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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 10 inches
Plant Spread: 10 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies


The All Things Plants Top 25 List of Shade Garden PlantsThe All Things Plants Top 25 List of Shade Garden Plants
By dave on May 3, 2014

Let's open Shade Gardens week with a list of the most active entries in our database. Among the thousands of plants that want full or mostly shade, which ones have the most pictures, comments and other details added? Let's find out!

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jun 23, 2013 5:15 PM

I have very successfully winter sown these plants and about half the time they will bloom the first year.
I have not been as successful in keeping them in my garden. I think the summers are just too hot here.
A very nice addition to the spring flowerbeds. Adds bright color at the base of early bulbs.

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Nov 16, 2011 1:36 AM

Cowslip grows in dry meadows and along roadsides. It's native to Eurasia, but is now a common escapee from gardens in temperate North America.

It's a perennial herb with long oval hairy leaves that form a basal rosette. It has yellow flowers in spring and they are marked with orange dots. They grow in hanging clusters on top of an unbranched leafless stalk.

In the past our ancestors used Cowslip for many purposes, some are still used by herbalists today: an expectorant, a mild painkiller, a diuretic and a laxative. Others have used it as a skin cleanser. None of these uses have been verified scientifically.

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Posted by SunnyBorders (Aurora, Ontario - Zone 5b) on Apr 18, 2013 8:15 PM

Cheerful spring plant.

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Plant Events from our members
MrsBinWY On July 9, 2021 Potted up
2 rather weak and sickly plants. Put them in the house in case the summer heat isn't to their liking.
MrsBinWY On April 18, 2021 Potted up
potted up the 1 that appeared on 4-9-21 & put the container outside for a bit of a chill
MrsBinWY On April 9, 2021 Seeds germinated
MrsBinWY On March 13, 2021 Seeds sown
16 seeds from Joyce (from Select Seeds for 2021) in milk jug - try couple weeks at room temp first (based on 2017 experience) & move to cold if necessary
MrsBinWY On June 10, 2017 Potted up
MrsBinWY On March 18, 2017 Seeds germinated
seeds were germinating on the coffee filter; put in milk jug 3-24, ~1/2 already germinated, broke one when putting it in potting mix
MrsBinWY On March 10, 2017 Seeds sown
per TC: 2-4 weeks at 64-71 degrees, 4-6 weeks at 24-39 degrees, germinate at 41-53 degrees, coffee filter in baggie, H2O2, 16 seeds from molanic
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