dry grassy places, meadows, banks
19 -30 cm
The flowers of ths plant are said to resemble the
of keys to heaven dropped by St Peter when
he heard a duplicate
set was made.
This folktale gives the alternative name used
- "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!