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Primula florindae (Tibetan cowslip)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Primula florindae

Other names

Tibetan cowslip, Giant cowslip, Bog primula, Himalayan cowslip

Genus

Primula Primula

Species

P. florindae - P. florindae is an herbaceous perennial with mid-green, broad, basal leaves. Umbels of fragrant, pendant, yellow flowers are held on upright stems in summer.


Primula florindae is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant

Habit

Clump-forming

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf and bud eelworms , Slugs , Vine weevil Aphids , Leaf and bud eelworms , Slugs , Vine weevil

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning

To avoid a build-up of large colonies, deadhead the plants before they get a chance to self-seed

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Primula florindae (Tibetan cowslip) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bog garden, Cottage/Informal, Waterside, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Prefers moist, acidic soil which does not dry out. Dig in plenty of organic matter, such as garden compost, before planting.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Boggy damp conditions, Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Primula florindae

Other names

Tibetan cowslip, Giant cowslip, Bog primula, Himalayan cowslip

Genus

Primula Primula

Species

P. florindae - P. florindae is an herbaceous perennial with mid-green, broad, basal leaves. Umbels of fragrant, pendant, yellow flowers are held on upright stems in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant

Habit

Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf and bud eelworms , Slugs , Vine weevil

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning

To avoid a build-up of large colonies, deadhead the plants before they get a chance to self-seed

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Primula florindae (Tibetan cowslip) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bog garden, Cottage/Informal, Waterside, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Prefers moist, acidic soil which does not dry out. Dig in plenty of organic matter, such as garden compost, before planting.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Boggy damp conditions, Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Primula florindae (Tibetan cowslip)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Plantago asiatica mosaic virus

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Unknown

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Pest risk analysis suggested potential economic impacts would be small; and management by industry would be appropriate. Industry may wish to monitor for the presence of the pest and the Dutch industry certification scheme is of added benefit to the UK.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Primula florindae (Tibetan cowslip)

Common pest name

Necrotic spot

Scientific pest name

Impatiens necrotic spot virus

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Present (Widespread)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Pest of mainly ornamentals and vegetables; present in the UK; and covered by the EU listing of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus. To be kept under consideration in light of a review of the EU listing.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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