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Primula auricula

Auricula

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Mixed

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Howard Rice, copyright GAP Photos (250942)

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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