Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Polyanthus, a garden name, meaning "many-flowered," applied to those cultivated varieties of the primrose (q.v.) in which the peduncle is elongated bearing up a whole umbel of flowers, as is normally the case in the cowslip. The flowers are variously and beautifully tinted, often having a broad circular band of red or brown, with a yellow centre or "eye," and sometimes an edging or "lacing" of a different shade. They are old-fashioned cottage-garden favourites.