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Drumstick Primula

Primula denticulata

Also known as

Tooth-Leaved Primrose, Drumstick Primrose

Primula Denticulata EDI by Thomas888b (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of a flowering Primula denticulata plant
A close up of a Primula denticulata plant

Drumstick Primula Overview

Primula denticulata is a herbaceous perennial species in the Primulaceae family. This fully hardy plant produces beautiful purple, globe shaped flowers with yellow centres, on short stems. In the summer it grows vigorously and thrives in moist conditions. It is commonly known by the names Drumstick Primula and Tooth-Leaved Primrose. The flowers measure approximately 18mm in diameter, they are tubular in shape and produced in a spherical cluster. This species typically grows to around 30cm in height, foliage is produced in a rosette, leaves are egg-shaped and narrow near the base. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Drumstick Primula

How to propagate Drumstick Primula


Divide clumps in early autumn.

Special features of Drumstick Primula

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Drumstick Primula

Rock garden, border, fragrance, walls. Spring interest.

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