Primula veris [cowslip, common cowslip; syn. Primula officinalis Hill] is a flowering plant in the genus Primula of the family Primulaceae. The species is native throughout most of temperate Europe and Asia.
The common name cowslip may derive from the old English for cow dung, probably because the plant was often found growing amongst the manure in cow pastures.
Primula veris is a variable evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial plant growing to 25 cm [10 in] tall and broad, with a rosette of leaves 5–15 cm long and 2–6 cm broad. The deep yellow flowers are produced in spring, in clusters of 10-30 blooms together on a single stem.