Primula denticulata 'lilac'

Drumstick primula

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Hardy perennial

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Plant details

The drumstick primulas are among the most popular primulas in cultivation. Their stout stems are topped with crowded, lilac flowers, resembling small drumsticks from mid-spring to summer. Plants have mid-green, finely toothed leaves and are formed in neat rosettes. Despite its origins in Afghanistan, it is perfectly hardy in the UK. It prefers a location with full sun to partial shade.

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Primula

Species: denticulata

Cultivar: lilac

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lilac

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: June to July

Flowering period: May to June

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