Primula vulgaris (also called Primrose and Native Primrose)
Rosette-forming, semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial, grown for sweetly scented pale yellow flowers which usually appear in early spring, but may flower on and off all year round. Excellent for naturalistic planting as the plants spread easily by self-seeding. Very attractive to bees, moths and butterflies.
Mainly flowers in early spring, but may flower at other times.
Habit - low-growing, rosette-forming. H: 20cm S: 35cm.
Leaves - wedge-shaped to oval with crinkled edges. Deeply veined and mid-green.
Flowers - salver-shaped, in pale yellow with a darker centre, carried on slender arching stems. Sweetly scented.
Sun or partial shade. Does well in a woodland edge setting.
Moisture-retentive, humus-rich, acid to neutral.
Divide after the plant has finished flowering and keep well watered till re-established.
Sow seed as soon as it is ripe, in a cold frame - best carried out when temperatures are below 20c. Divide after plants have finished flowering.
Will also set seed, meaning that naturalistic planting can be easily achieved by letting the plant get on with it and just weeding out those plants not wanted.
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