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Oxlip (P. elatior of Jacquin) is an eastern counties 'plant; while the common forms of the Oxlip are hybrids between the Cowslip and Primrose.
In all essential points the Primrose, Cowslip, and Oxlip are identical; the Primrose, however, choosing woods and copses and the shelter of the hedgerows, the
Cowslip choosing the open meadows, while the Oxlip is found in either.
England by the Primrose, the Oxlip, the Cowslip, and the Bird's-eye
It is a handsome plant, but it is probably not the "bold Oxlip" of Shakespeare, or the plant which is such a favourite in cottage gardens.
The true Oxlip (_Primula eliator_) is so like both the Primrose and
I dug mine up in Mary's Meadow before Father and the Old Squire went to law; but they were only common Cowslips, with one Oxlip, by good luck.
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