Primrose (Primula)

Primrose (Primula) - Garden Basics - Flower - Perennial

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Plant InformationType: perennial
Propagation: division
Light: partial to full shade
Flower Color: varied
Height: 12 inches
Width: 6-12 inches
Soil Requirements: moist, rich in organic material
Zones: 3-7
Uses: beds, front of border, shade garden, rock garden

These dainty little flowers come in a variety of flower types and colors, and are the delight of the shade garden. Most are easy to grow and look great in an alpine or rock garden.

Set out the plants in spring, spacing them 6-12 inches apart. Primrose prefers peat soil with lots of moisture and partial to full shade. They fare poorly in hot climates. Most varieties prefer an acid pH (5.5-6.5,) however Auricula primrose prefers a neutral pH (6.0-7.5.) Once their flowering period is over you can dig up and divide crowded clumps. You can propagate by rooting the little side rosettes that appear after flowering. They self-seed readily but the seedlings of many hybrids will not breed true, and you may be disappointed in the results.

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