There are about 400 species of primulas of which more than half originate from the Himalayas. They are valued for their ornamental flowers and have been cultivated and hybridised for centuries. They are grown in gardens for their spring flowers.
Flowers of the taller species can be cut for the vase. If flowers are left on the plants seeds can be harvested to be sown.
Divide rosettes after flowering
Surface-sow seeds, they need light to germinate
Root basal cuttings in autumn or spring, take root cuttings while dormant in winter
Northern Hemisphere, Himalayas
Partial Sun, Full Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Yellow, white, pink, mauve, purple, blue
Prone to aphids, red spider mite, leaf hoppers, slugs, Primula brown core and grey mould