Primrose

Primula vulgaris

Blue Primrose, Culver Keys, English Primrose

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There are about 500 species of rosette-forming, herbaceous perennials in the genus Primula, of which more than half originate from the Himalayas. They are valued for their ornamental flowers and have been cultivated and hybridised for centuries. This species, Primula vulgaris is commonly known as Primrose, it resides in the Primulaceae family and produces tongue-shaped leaves. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. It is commonly seen in gardens for the attractive light yellow, sometimes white spring flowers. They are scented and measure between 2.5-3.5cm in diameter.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Division

Divide rosettes after flowering

Seed

Surface-sow seeds, they need light to germinate

Cuttings

Root basal cuttings in autumn or spring, take root cuttings while dormant in winter

Special features

Indoor plant

Place in bright light but not direct sun

Pot plant

Watering is important, keep the soil moist

Attractive flowers

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Northern Hemisphere, Himalayas

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Primulaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

Mild

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