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Primula vulgaris

Primrose

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Primula vulgaris
  • Common name: Primrose
  • Family: Primulaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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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.

How to grow Primula vulgaris

  • Plant size

    20cm height

    35cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, south facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Primula vulgaris and wildlife

Primula vulgaris is known for attracting bees, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers and is a caterpilar food plant.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Primula vulgaris poisonous?

Primula vulgaris can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Primula vulgaris