5 - 10 cm
May - June
green with farina
well drained, lime-rich
neutral - alkaline
fairly hardy, given the right conditions
Norway and Sweden
Primula, is a very large genus of around 500 species in the primrose family, Primulaceae. The genus has a wide distribution, but the majority, about half the species, are native to the Himalayas. They grow in varied habitats, some are excellent rock garden plants, while others thrive in deep, fertile soil in semi-shade. The majority is not drought tolerant.
Division in spring or fall.
Seed - sown in January - March.
Seed not covered and stored at 15 - 20°C (60 - 68°F). If there is no germination within a month, a cooling period below 4°C (40°F) for 3-4 weeks could be helpful, before moving the seed back to 15-20°C (60-68°F) again for germination.
Short lived alpine plant that needs good drainage.