Oxlip (Primula elatior) HP/BB/BN
A charming plant being one of the first wild primulas to flower in spring, with bunches of delicate miniature primrose flowers with the scent of ripe apricots held on tall stems (Ht 12in) above a rosette of soft felty green leaves. It is rare in Britain, native only to the ancient coppiced woodlands of East Anglia on poorly drained soils of chalk boulder clay. Its distribution corresponds with areas where primroses are scarce. Where the two grow together, hybrids are frequent. Prefers a sunny or semi-shaded spot in moist soil.