Primula veris, commonly known as cowslip, common cowslip and cowslip primrose, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the primrose family Primulaceae.
Primula veris is a variable evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial plant growing to 25 cm (10 in) tall.
The species is native throughout most of temperate Europe and western Asia, and although absent from more northerly areas including much of northwest Scotland, it reappears in northernmost Sutherland and Orkney and in Scandinavia.
The cowslip is frequently found on more open ground than the primrose, including open fields, meadows, coastal dunes and cliff tops. The plant suffered a decline due to changing agricultural practices throughout the 1970s and 1980s in Britain. It may therefore be rare locally, though where found it may be abundant.