Cowslip
Fact File
Taken at Aberlady on 20th May 2018 using Panasonic Lumix LX5 in macro mode.




 


 
Cowslip.
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AKA:
Primula veris 
Primrose.
Perennial
.
Bunch of Keys.
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Open dry grassy places, meadows, banks
April-May.
19 -30 cm
The flowers of ths plant are said to resemble the
bunch of keys to heaven dropped by St Peter when
he heard a duplicate set was made.
This folktale gives the alternative name used in
some parts - "bunch of keys".
There are two kinds of cowslip flowers, one with a stigma prominent and the other with the stamen prominent. Insects foraging for nectar inadvertently rub pollen from the anthers onto their bodies and carry them to the stigma of the other kind of flower, so pollinating the flowers. Cowslips are used to make country wine with quite a punch!