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Cowslip (primula veris)

A member of the primula family, cowslips were until recently a common sight on the Downs and on other areas with calcareous soils. They have become a casualty of modern farming methods. They are re-establishing themselves in parts of East Anglia, where they are often known by their local name paigale. If found, the leaves and flowers are good in salads, and the flowers for making cowslip wine. See 'Cowslip, Medicinal uses'

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