Botanical Name :Primula auricula
Species: P. auricula
Common Names: Auricula, mountain cowslip or bear’s ear (from the shape of its leaves)
Habitat : Primulaceae, that grows on basic rocks in the mountain ranges of central Europe, including the western Alps, Jura mountains, the Vosges, the Black Forest and the Tatra Mountains.
It is an evergreen perennial growing to 20 cm (8 in) tall by 25 cm (10 in) wide. The leaves are obovate and stalkless, with a cartilaginous edge, all growing in a basal rosette, and sometimes covered in a mealy white bloom. The yellow flowers grow in clusters on 5–20 cm (2–8 in) long stalks.
The specific epithet auricula means “ear-shaped”, and refers to the shape of the leaves.
This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
The leaves are used as a remedy for coughs. Used in the treatment of headaches
When growing in the right conditions this species and its cultivars make a good ground cover. They are best spaced about 30cm apart each way.
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