Category Archives: Primulas

Primula x juliae ‘Dorothy’

Primula x juliae 'Dorothy'

This is a pale yellow P. x juliae hybrid, which means that it almost certainly has P. eliatorin its parentage. The multiple blooms on each stalk are another indication.

Primula x hortensis ‘Feuerkoenig’

Primula x hortensis ‘Feuerkoenig’

An auricula-type primrose with vivid red blooms accented by chalk-white centers. Fleshy foliage is powdery grey-green. Doesn’t need as much water as other primrose species, but prefers not to get too hot, so protection from afternoon sun is a must unless you live in the mountains.

Primula x ‘Freedom’

Primula x 'Freedom'

A cross between P.marginata and P. hirsuta, this is a diminutive but very tough plant with waxy serrated apple green leaves and large (for the plant) lilac flowers.

Primula veris ‘Katy McSparron’

Primula veris 'Katy McSparron'

Double form of the cowslip, ‘Katy McSparron’ is also noted as being very floriferous compared to other double varieties. Bred by Geoff Nicole of Wales and named for his daughter. The blooms form tight full rosettes of butter yellow, and with that classic heavenly fragrance! Best in full sun to part shade with regular water.

Primula seiboldii

Primula seiboldii

A most unusual primrose with distinctive lacy petals. Goes completely dormant, or at minimum very raggedy, in the summer.

Primula pruhoniciana ‘Shneekissen’

Primula pruhoniciana 'Shneekissen'

This little charmer is a low, compact, juliae-type, but with overlarge, pure white blooms. A little later than others.

Primula farinosa

Primula farinosa

Diminutive and seemingly delicate, the Bird’s Eye primrose has still managed to colonize nearly all of Northern Europe, but is best associated with the British Isles. Some references say it is also found in parts of Asia, a point highly contested among taxonomists. Rose-lilac flowers with yellow eyes. Likes a shady spot and moist, well […]

Primula auricula ‘Old Mustard’

Primula auricula 'Old Mustard'

Uniquely colored and well named, this auricula primrose has smooth green leaves and clusters of blooms the color of dijon, each with a strong white eye. Like other auriculas, ‘Old Mustard’ is more drought tolerant than other primroses, but it really does not like heat. If you live in a hot area, best grow this […]

Primula x juliae

Primula x juliae

Most P. x juliae hybrids in gardens result from crosses between P. juliae, a sweet and garden-worthy native of the Caucasus that is for some reason hard to come by, and either P. vulgaris or P. eliator. They are nearly all delightful plants to grow in a shady, moist site with reasonable drainage.

Primula veris

Primula veris

Classic cowslip primrose, with long-blooming fragrant yellow flowers and slightly fuzzy foliage. The common name comes from the fact that they colonize uncultivated pastureland in the British isles. They are one of the most widespread of all primrose species, being found in nature from the British isles through Siberia and into Manchuria, as well as […]

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