Belongs to: primrose family

Compare with: cowslip

Oxlip Primula elatior

under threat

Best time to see: Apr to mid May

Key facts

Looking like a cross between a primrose and a cowslip, oxlips are a distinct woodland species

Drooping pale yellow flowers in spring, mainly on one side of the stem

Confined to chalky ancient woods in the area where Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire meet


Very slow to colonise new areas and unfortunately making a tempting snack for deer, they are now a protected species

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Photo © Jonathan Smith