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Primula elatior

Primula elatior

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

35cm

Max

30cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Primula elatior Overview

This species produces long leaves with a fine hairy undersides. The flower stems produce long-tubed, orange-centred yellow flowers that hang to one side of the stem. Looks like a cross between a Primrose and a Cowslip. Has a 'fugitive' apricot-like scent. One of the first plants to flower in spring.

Common problems with Primula elatior

How to propagate Primula elatior

Division

By seed when fresh or in spring; increase selected forms during dormancy, either by division.

Seed

Cuttings

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

Other uses of Primula elatior

Rock garden, borders.