Primula marginata


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Plant details

Primula marginata produces several flowers to a stem from early spring, and these are a lavender-blue. The slow-developing evergreen rosettes of leathery, green leaves are covered with a mealy film and toothed or scalloped at their edges. Plants can grow in full sun, if there is some shade during midday, and are best planted in sharply drained, gritty soil. They can also be grown in pots, using a mixture of equal parts of John Innes No 2 compost, leaf-mould or peat, and grit. Be careful to avoid wetting the leaves when watering. Plants are found growing wild in The Alps.

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Primula

Species: marginata

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 15cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to divide plants: September to April

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