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Primula veris

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In old Herbals we find the plant called Herb Peter and Key Flower, the pendent flowers suggesting a bunch of keys, the emblem of St. Peter, the idea having descended from old pagan times, for in Norse mythology the flower was dedicated to Frcya, the Key Virgin, and was thought to admit to her treasure palace. In northern Europe the idea of dedication to the goddess was transferred with the change of religion, and it became dedicated to the Virgin Mary, so we find it called 'Our Lady's Keys' and 'Key of Heaven,' and 'Keyflower' remains still the most usual name.

HISTORY:

Shakespeare mentioned Cowslip in his play Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, pontificating the magical qualities of this herb. In Norse Mythology, the flower was a dedicated symbol of Frcya, the Key Virgin, and was believed that through this flower, one could be admitted to her treasure palace. This pagan story became changed in time to be the Virgin Mary, so it also got the name of "Our Lady’s Keys" and "Key of Heaven.", and "KeyFlower". Cowslip is also made into a powerful fermented wine, which has a very great reputation.

Cowslip is the first sign of spring. Name comes from the Latin word "primis", that means the first, i.e. the first flower of spring, the end of the winter. Till Nineteenth century there was a legend: the person who will touch a rock with a bunch of cowslips will open the way to the kingdom of the fairies, if he had known the exact number of his cowslips. Otherwise, if he mistakes the number, some troubles will happen.