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Primula denticulata

Drumstick primula

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Pink, Lilac





Skill level


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Plant details

The drumstick primula begins flowering from mid-spring through to summer, with flower stems pushing up through bare soil. As long as they are grown somewhere sheltered from late frosts, the flowers open out into traditional pink or purple spheres on sticks. Plants continue flowering for a couple of months, with later flowers coinciding with the neat mini shuttlecock-shaped rosettes of foliage. Team them with other primulas or violets in light woodland conditions, or group in pockets of humus-rich soil in the shade of rocks or other plants in a cool part of a rock garden. They are found growing wild in moist alpine regions from Afghanistan to China. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Primula

Species: denticulata

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink, Lilac

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: September to April

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