Primula vulgaris

Native primrose

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Primula vulgaris

Plant details

The primrose, Primula vulgaris, is one of the most familar signs of spring. Typically found in woodlands and benath hedgerows, it thrives in damp shade in a variety of situations. It provides an early source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators, and is used as a caterpillar foodplant by several species of moth.

Grow Primula vulgaris in a cool, shaded spot such as a woodland border. It associates particularly well with daffodils, which flower at the same time. Allow plants to self seed and naturalise around the garden. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost.

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

mandy1963

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


darren636

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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