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Primula vulgaris

Native primrose

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Primula vulgaris

Plant details

The familiar wild, pale yellow, single primrose is one of the early signs of spring, coinciding with the first early daffodils. The two associate well together in damp grass or light woodland. Cultivated varieties come in a huge range of colours, and both single and double flowers. Choice named varieties are cultivated in cottage gardens, and spring borders. They are not vigorous enough to cope with conditions in grass which the wild primrose enjoys, and benefit from being lifted and divided every two years. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Primula

Species: vulgaris

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 35cm

Time to divide plants: September to April

Flowering period: March to May

Reader reviews


hi is it true that our native primrose is under threat if so ive been lucky to find in my uncles garden 100s of them can i split them and help these plants out a bit mandi


Every garden should have a primrose.
I'm not a fan of yellow flowers but primroses look smashing in springtime.
Every now and again a pink flowered one pops up in my garden.

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