Primrose – Primula spp.

Primrose – Primula spp.

Common Name: Primrose

Botanical Name: Primula spp., PRIM-u-la

Decorative Life: 2-4 weeks or more, depending on use in the garden or indoors.

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Harvest Instructions:

With P. vulgaris ‘Dania Skarlagen’, unknown production factors induced from 8 to 100% plant and flower collapse. One possible cause for this collapse is fungus gnat larvae.

Family Roots:
  • Members of the Primulaceae (primrose family).
  • Depends on species, from China to New Hampshire.
  • Common relatives include cyclamen, shooting-star and loosestrife.
Personality:
  • Genus classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Flowers are rounded 1-2 inches across, in various forms of clusters held above foliage.
  • Leaves usually form a clump, often lighter green in color.
  • Many species and cultivars have significant fragrance.
Storage Specifics:

Holding plants at 55F produce much better results than holding them at 68F.

Tidbits:
  • One species grown as a potted plant is P. obconica, also known as Poison or German Primrose. Indeed, some people are allergic to its leaves resulting in skin rash and itching.
  • The name Primula is a diminutive of “primus”, referring to its early blooming. One species, P. veris, means first of the spring, in reference to its flowering.
  • The commonly grown P. obconia has been shown to cause contact dermatitis related problems with some individuals.
  • Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but more light would be better. One favorite cultivar of P. acaulis and its respective flower colors include ‘Pageant’ (many bright colors).

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