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Primula (Primrose)

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Primroses include some of the most widely used herbaceous perennials, and most reach flowering size within one to two years after sowing. Some species grow in rocky places in higher mountainous areas, such as the Alps or the Himalaya range, whilst others are native of moist spots in woods or bogs. For cultivation requirements of certain species please refer to the list below.
Sow seeds flat on top of any rich, moist substrate in partial shade, preferably from autumn to early spring. Do not cover sowings and place pots in a protected spot outside where they will receive some moisture throughout the year, yet are protected from strong rains. Seeds from most species will require a prolonged cooling period of several weeks and if sowed late in spring, they may not germinate until spring the following year. Transplant seedlings in early summer or autumn, depending on growth.
All are USDA Climate Zone 6.
40 seeds per package.
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Primula alpicola (syn. Primula alpicola var. luna)

Primula alpicola (syn. Primula alpicola var. luna)

20 (30)cm, makes pale lemon to yellow, nodding flowers in dense whorls above oblong-elliptic leaves. It is native to Xizang in the Tsangpo valley, China, where it grows in moist, humus rich soils in alpine meadows atan elevation of up to 4.500m. For any good, humus rich and always slightly moist soil in partial shade. V.

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Primula alpicola var. alpicola (white form)

Primula alpicola var. alpicola (white form)

20 (30)cm, makes ure white, nodding flowers in dense whorls above oblong-elliptic leaves. It is native to Xizang in the Tsangpo valley, China, where it grows in moist, humus rich soils in alpine meadows atan elevation of up to 4.500m. For any good, humus rich and always slightly moist soil in partial shade. V.

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Primula alpicola var. violacea

Primula alpicola var. violacea

20 (30)cm, a decorative variety with dark purplish, nodding flowers in dense whorls above oblong-elliptic leaves. It is native of moist, humus rich alpine meadows in Bhutan (Thimpu). For partially shaded spots in a moist, humus rich and well drained soil. V.

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Primula anisodora

Primula anisodora

30 (45)cm, a showy candelabra primrose with rich maroon-purple, yellow-eyed flowers and pleasantly fragrant leaves and roots. It is native of Szechuan and Yunnan (Chungtien at some 3.700m). For any humus rich, well drained soil in partial shade. V-VI.

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Primula auricula (Mountain Cowslip)

Primula auricula (Mountain Cowslip)

20cm, Mountain Cowslip is native of limestone soils in the Alps. It makes a loose leaf rosette of somewhat fleshy, more or less farinose (i.e. powdery), quite large, pale green leaves on strong short stems and suphur yellow, slightly vanilla scented flowers with a white-throat. For any rich, very well drained soil in full sun. Excellent in the rock garden. IV-V.

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Primula beesiana

Primula beesiana

25 (50)cm, showy candelabra Primrose from China (Lichiang Mountains, NW Yunnan and south-western Szechuan) growing in leafy, moist mountain meadows. Has broad lanceolate, serrated leaves. Medium sized to tall inflorescence (up to 80cm in height) with whorls of pink to deep rose lilac flowers and a yellow center which is typical for this species. For any rich, slightly moist soil in partial shade. Seeds from the pure species, which is quite uncommon in cultivation, where plants are usually hybridized, especially with Primula pulverulenta and Primula bulleyana. VI-VII.

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Primula bulleyana

Primula bulleyana

30 (40)cm, makes a dense rosette of large leaves and tall, candelabra like flower stalks with several whorls of deep-orange flowers. A very easy and showy Primrose from Yunnan (Lijang Mountain Range, China). For any humus rich, moist soil in a partially shaded to sunny spot. Seeds offered are from the real species and not from a hybrid. VI-VII.

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Primula capitata ssp. mooreana

Primula capitata ssp. mooreana

15 (20)cm, a rarely cultivated primrose which is usually a short-lived perennial. It makes a flat conical inflorescence with deep lilac flowers and white powered stems and buds. A rather difficult species for the connoisseur, which is native to Sikkim, Xizang, Bhutan (China),and northern India, where it grows up to an elevation of some 5.000m. For any humus rich, always slightly moist, yet well drained soil in a partially shaded spot. V-VII.

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Primula denticulata

Primula denticulata

30 (45)cm, one of the most attractive Primula with lilac-colored flowers in dense, globular heads above basal rosette of large leaves with slightly red margins. Shade to full sun in any moist soil. Easy. From Afghanistan towards Bhutan a W China (Xizang). III-V.

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Primula elatior

Primula elatior

15 (20)cm, from Central Europe growing in damp, grassy places in full sun. Rather rare native and often hybridized with Primula veris and Primula vulgaris, this is the real species with sulfurous yellow flowers in dense umbels on large erect stalks in III-IV.

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Primula elatior ssp. meyeri (syn. Primula amoena)

Primula elatior ssp. meyeri (syn. Primula amoena)

15 (20)cm, a rare and beautiful subspecies with pale pink to deep purple flowers and a yellowish-orange throat. It is native of the Caucasus, Georgia and north-eastern Turkey where it grows in rock crevices and hillsides in alpine meadows at an elevation of up to 4.000m. For any rich, humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot. Excellent for the rock garden. IV-V.

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Primula farinosa (Bird's-Eye Primrose)

Primula farinosa (Bird's-Eye Primrose)

10 (15)cm, Bird's-Eye Primrose is an elegant dwarf primrose from damp, grassy and peaty places in moors of Central Europe, where it has become very rare. It produces delicate, rosy lilac flowers with a yellow throat carried on a very slender stem and heads of five or six per plant. For any humus rich, slightly moist soil in a sunny spot. IV-V.

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Primula flaccida

Primula flaccida

15 (25)cm, a beautiful species from open spots in moist soils in pine forests western Guizhou, south-western Sichuan, and Yunnan (China). It bears a dense elongated flower head with nodding dark violet and white powdered flowers above a dense basal leaf rosette. For any humus rich and always slightly moist soil in a sunny to partially shaded spot. III-V.

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Primula florindae

Primula florindae

25 (35)cm, distinct and noble species, suited to growing in a peaty soil by the waterside in full sun. Large heads of drooping, clear yellow, fragrant, bell shaped flowers, white powered outside. Occurring in W China (Xizang) at more than 4.000m above sea level. VI-VII.

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Primula frondosa

Primula frondosa

10 (15)cm, dwarf primrose from rocky, yet moist places in rock crevices in mountains in north-eastern Bulgaria. A real gem with dense rosettes of white powered leaves and several flower stalks with numerous, miniature rose-colored flowers. For a moist spot in the rock garden, plant either in shade or full sun. III-IV.

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Primula glutinosa

Primula glutinosa

ex Styria, Austria

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Primula hirsuta (Hairy Primrose)

Primula hirsuta (Hairy Primrose)

10cm, Hairy Primrose is a dwarf species with short stems covered with sticky, mid-green leaves and several pale violet flowers. It is native of mountain meadows and rock crevices in Austria, Switerland, northern Italy, southern France and nort-eastern Spain. For any humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot. An excellent plant for the rock garden. III-V.

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Primula integrifolia

Primula integrifolia

10 (15)cm, makes dense, short leaf rosettes and rather large dark pink flowers with a white eye. it is native of rocky soils in the eastern Pyrenees to the Swiss Alps. For any well drained, rather rocky soil spot in full sun. Excellent in the rock garden. IV-V.

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Primula japonica

Primula japonica

30 (50)cm, large yellowish green leaves and amazing, huge flower stalks with whorls of purplish to deep-pink flowers. For any rich and moist soil, shade to full sun. Very easy and showy Primrose from Japan and Taiwan. V-VII.

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Primula luteola

Primula luteola

12 (15)cm, rarely seen Primrose with broad lanceolate, light green, toothed leaves and light yellow flowers with a white powdered throat. For any humus rich, always slightly moist, well drained humus rich soil in partial shade. V-VI.

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Primula parryi (Parry's Primrose)

Primula parryi (Parry's Primrose)

20 (30)cm, Parry's Primrose is a beautiful species from moist mountain meadows in the Rocky Mountains (USA). It has long mid green leaves in a dense basal rosette and showy bright magenta flowers with a yellow eye. For any humus rich and always slightly moist soil in a sunny spot. III-V.

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Primula poissonii (Candelabra Primrose)

Primula poissonii (Candelabra Primrose)

30 (45)cm, Candelabra Primrose is a beautiful species from moist mountain meadows in western Sichuan and central and northern Yunnan (China). It bears a tall flowering stems with bright violet flowers with a small yellow eye, arranged in whorls and long, glossy leaves in a dense basal rosette. For any humus rich and always slightly moist soil in a sunny spot. III-V.

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Primula pulverulenta (Mealy Primrose)

Primula pulverulenta (Mealy Primrose)

20 (40)cm, Mealy Primrose is a rarely cultivated primrose in its pure, unhybridized natural form. It bears umbels of purplish red flowers which are similar to those in Primula japonica, yet with white powdered stems and leaves (hence its name!). It is native of western Szechuan near Kanding (Tatsienlu, China). For an yhumus rich, always slightly moist soil in a partially shaded spot. V-VI.

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Primula secundiflora

Primula secundiflora

25 (40)cm, makes very ornamental, nodding deep purple flower bells in two to three whorls on tall stalks. It is native especially in the Lijiang mountains (Yunnan province, China) where it occurs at an elevation of up to 4.000m. A very rare, but easily grown and long lived primrose species for any humus rich, always slightly moist soil in partial shade. V-VI.

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Primula sieboldii (Siebold's Primrose)

Primula sieboldii (Siebold's Primrose)

15 (20)cm, Siebold's Primrose is an excellent ground covering plant from Japan (southern Hokkaido, Honshu and Kyushu islands) with dense, large yellowish green, "crispy" foliage and stalks with most ornamental, quite large rose to pink flowers with a white center. Easily grown in any leafy or humus rich, slightly moist soil in a sunny to partially shaded spot. Will naturalize if happy and makes a stunning flower carpet in spring. III-IV.

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