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Primula vulgaris (Primrose)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.2m
Max height
0.35m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Primula vulgaris

Other names

Primrose, Culver keys, Native primrose, Wild primrose

Genus

Primula Primula

Species

P. vulgaris - P. vulgaris is a pretty perennial plant forming rounded leaves and pale yellow flowers in early spring.


Primula vulgaris is: Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant.

Habit

Clump-forming, Rosette

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Pale-yellow in Spring

Foliage

Bright-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Leaf and bud eelworms , Leaf-mining sawflies , Slugs , Vine weevil Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Leaf and bud eelworms , Leaf-mining sawflies , Slugs , Vine weevil

Grey mould , Leaf spot Grey mould , Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Primula vulgaris (Primrose) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.35m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Rock, Wildflower, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in moist, free-draining, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Tolerates full sun if soil is kept consistently moist.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Primula vulgaris

Other names

Primrose, Culver keys, Native primrose, Wild primrose

Genus

Primula Primula

Species

P. vulgaris - P. vulgaris is a pretty perennial plant forming rounded leaves and pale yellow flowers in early spring.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant.

Habit

Clump-forming, Rosette

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Pale-yellow in Spring

Foliage

Bright-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Leaf and bud eelworms , Leaf-mining sawflies , Slugs , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Grey mould , Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Primula vulgaris (Primrose) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.35m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Rock, Wildflower, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in moist, free-draining, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Tolerates full sun if soil is kept consistently moist.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

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

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