cowslip

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cowslip

cowslip, name for plants of the borage, marsh marigold, and primrose families.
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marsh marigold

marsh marigold

WARNING (note- there is another plant also called cowslip) Yellow buttercup-like flowers with hollow stem that grows near water. This plant can blister skin, but if used correctly, has been used for coughs and snakebite. Laxative and diuretic. TOXIC unless boiled in multiple changes of water. Be careful. Survival food if boiled. There is another plant called Marsh Marigold (Caltha leptosepala)

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primrose

primrose

Colorful, edible flower with sweet, bland taste. Note there is another plant also called Cowslip (Marsh Marigold) which isn’t the same.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz

cowslip

symbol of beauty. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 377]
See: Beauty
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cowslip

1. a primrose, Primula veris, native to temperate regions of the Old World, having fragrant yellow flowers
2. US and Canadian another name for marsh marigold
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