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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

An evergreen, spring-blooming primrose from the mountains of southern Europe, it has scented, deep yellow flowers and fleshy, light green leaves. It ideally needs the sharply drained soil with added grit of a rock garden, though it can also be grown to the front of a border. You can even highlight it in a pot filled with John Innes No 2 with added peat or grit. Stand it on a cheap, second-hand bookcase, nailed to a wall, under a mini roof to keep off persistent rain with a group of the showier, bi-coloured Alpine auriculas which need shelter from persistent rain. Ease off the watering from August, keeping it to a minimum in winter.

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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