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.
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
Place in bright light but not direct sun
Watering is important, keep the soil moist
Attracts useful insects
Northern Hemisphere, Himalayas
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline