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Primula auricula


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Primula auricula

Plant details

Alpine auriculas, Primula auricula, make distinctive cabbage-like clumps of foliage which, in spring, are topped by upright stems with domed heads of circular flowers in bold colours. The plants look best in a rock garden grown in groups in the shade of rocks or shrubby rock plants', but they also thrive in humus-rich, well-drained woodland borders in light dappled shade. They're also ideal for growing in containers.

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Primula

Species: auricula

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 25cm

Time to take cuttings: March to April

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