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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    This cute perennial forms small masses of green foliage with bright yellow or red flowers in the early spring. It is particularly sweet when planted with bulbs or other spring ephemerals in the front of the border.

    Latin Name

    Primula veris


    Family

    Primulaceae


    Also Known As

    Primula , English Cowslip , Fairy Cups , Tittypines ,


    Type of Plant

    Perennials

    Bloom Season

    April - May


    Seasons

    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 0.75'
    Max Spread: 1'

    Uses

  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Part Shade
    Full Shade

    Tolerances

  • Deer
  • Rabbit
  • Wet Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies

    Toxicity

    Harmful to pets
    Skin irritant

    Colors


    Native Range

    Temperate Europe and Asia


    History

    Lady Jean Skipwith recorded English cowslips in her Prestwould, Virginia garden in 1793.


    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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