Primula elatior (True Oxlip)
Primula elatior, or Oxlip, is found wild growing in the British Isles and in Europe. Similar to Primula vulgaris, or Cowslip, there are differences. Oxlip is a soft, creamy yellow, and unlike the Cowslip, it does not have a scent, although I have read that it does. The clustered flowers, on 10-12 inch stems, do nod but not as much as Cowslips. This Primrose is easy to please: full sun to part shade (sun desirable where summers are cool), average to alkaline to acid soil. They are deer resistant and can be used as accents, in rock gardens, in borders, in containers and window boxes, as edging, at waterside, and massed. They should be divided in early fall. Primroses are addictive and what better way to create your own Primrose Path than to begin with one of the true primroses. (Beautiful photo by Guido Gerding [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons). Zones 4-9.