Primula

Primroses are a huge, diverse genus, one of the very few groups of hardy perennials that can boast flowers in every color of the rainbow. Far too many people only know the ones with huge flowers in bright primary colors that show up in the grocery store and miss out on all the fun to be had with this genus. Many of the species prefer cool, moist conditions, but there are quite a few that can take heat and dry either by going dormant in the summer, or just growing and even sometimes blooming right through the heat the way the allionii, auriculas, and xpubescens do.



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Primula elatior (polyantha) 'Gold Laced'

Primula elatior (polyantha) 'Gold Laced'

Popular since Victorian times the picotee forms never fail to attract attention, we never seem to list it because it's always sold out by catalog time. If you are going to grow plants in the vulgaris section, these are hard to beat. I've left quite a trail of these in the various places I've gardened and I keep meaning to stick a few in our current gardens but never seem to get around to it.
$8.00

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Primula kisoana mixed colors

Primula kisoana mixed colors

This woodland species from Japan is very late flowering. The round, scalloped leaves with their felt-like texture lay out an inviting carpet for the funnel-shaped glowing lavender-rose flowers. It runs in our shady woodland garden and in the right site it can verge on weedy, but a more attractive weed is hard to imagine. Fickle it is as well as large patches can vanish to a few scraps without warning. Perhaps my favorite woodland Primula.____ZONE 5
$12.00

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Primula marginata 'Holden Clough x P. allionii'

Primula marginata 'Holden Clough x P. allionii'

One of the best marginata hybrids, I'm surprised that breeders do not use marginata more frequently, it has fantastic foliage and crosses rather easily with other plants in the auricula section.____ZONE 4
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Primula marginata 'Kesselring's Variety'

Primula marginata 'Kesselring's Variety'

One of the prettiest members of the auricula section; plant it high in the rockwork and “in time it will form a sheet, the trunks are fibrous and woody, haunted by golden meal among the fibrosities of their coat, the rosettes built of handsome leathern foliage, thick and gray, picturesquely toothed, and with the ample toothing outlined, especially when the leaves are young with the thick golden meal in a conspicuous hem… flowers are of a beauty unbelievable, wide open saucers of the loveliest lavender blue, with infinitesimal atoms of white powder hovering densely on their eye”. That was the species, 'Kesselring's is even nicer.____ZONE 4
$12.00

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Primula marginata rubra

Primula marginata rubra

It's not really red but about as close as marginata gets.____ZONE 4
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Primula minima

Primula minima

Mojmir's collections from the Bucegi Mtns in Romania at 2300m minima is the smallest member of the auricula section it can form yard wide mats in the wild, the pink flowers nearly as large as the rosettes, in cultivation it tends to be finicky, I can't imagine a yard wide patch, I'd be happy if it would fill a pot.____ZONE 5
$8.00

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Primula sieboldii

Primula sieboldii

An elegant member of the cortusoides group from Japan and the surrounding mainland, sieboldii is hardy, and one of the best in its section, lovely in a woodland setting. The Japanese have developed a wonderful range of color forms. They will self-sow, and a woods naturalized with them is a remarkable sight; our plants are from Jim Briggs.____ZONE 5
$8.00

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Primula veris

Primula veris

A widespread European species preferring slightly drier sites than P. elatior, flowers are yellow in the wild form and unlike elatior sweetly scented, long-lived and indestructible in the garden, eventually forming bushel basket sized clumps
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Primula x belluensis

Primula x belluensis

This came to us from Marion Jarvie, I have little to tell except the plants resemble Primula x Pubescens 'Freedom' with heads of deep lilac flowers. I have seen it listed as Primula hirsuta 'Belluensis'
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Primula x juliana 'Allure'

Primula x juliana 'Allure'

We got this from Rick Lupp (P. juliae x P. 'Garryard Guinevere'), it has been a vigorous grower.____ZONE 4
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