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Primrose

Primula spp.

Also known as

Primula, Polyanthus

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

35cm

Max

30cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Primrose Overview

    Primula is a genus with a wide distribution in many temperate and tropical regions of the world with a centre of diversity in the Himalayas. It is a large genus of around 350 species of herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials that are organised further into various sub-generic groups. Members are characterised by a basal rosette of simple leaves and salver-shaped flowers on stout, erect stems. Primroses and cowslips are familiar wildflowers in this genus. Many Primula species have been cultivated and hybridised for 100’s of years leading to a plethora of available garden varieties.

    Common problems with Primrose

    How to propagate Primrose

    Seed

    Division

    Cuttings

    Root cuttings. Root cuttings can be taken when dormant in winter.

    Special features of Primrose

    Attractive flowers

    Other uses of Primrose

    There are primulas suitable for almost every type of site; border, screen garden, bog garden, pool margin, greenhouse and alpine house.

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