Primula vulgaris

Scientific name: Primula vulgaris

Synonym: Primula acaulis , Primula grandiflora , Primula uniflora Gmelin , Primula vernalis


Common names: “primrose” “blue primrose” “culver keys”

Plant Type: Herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennial


Zone: 4-8

Light: Full sun in colder climates – partial shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Humus rich soil

Moisture: Evenly moist well drained, handles drier conditions in summer



Plant Size: H 4″-6″ W 4″-6″

Leaf and Stem shape: Rosette of tongue-shaped leaves

Flower: Scented, usually yellow flowers

Pruning: None

Maintenance: Low, never divide in summer, divide in late fall or early spring

Landscape use:  Grows in hedgerows, flower beds, wildflower meadows

Propagate: By division, spreads by seed

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

Comments: Almost ephemeral but doesn’t completely lose its leaves, not interchangeable with Polyanthus,

~AGM winner

Cultivars: P. v. ‘Wanda’ – purple – burgundy in colour


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