Primula x polyantha, P. acaulis, P. beesiana, P. x pubescens
VICTORIAN LACED Primrose Primula x polyantha
Victorian Laced is a group of classic primroses, introduced in the 17th century. They still fascinate us today. These primroses feature masses of gorgeous, red, maroon, purple, or brown-black flowers on 2-3″ stems. Blooms feature prominent golden eyes, elegantly edged in gold or silver-white. Victorian Laced primroses are longer-lived than modern hybrids. They form showy mats of flowers up to 3′ across.
GOLD LACE Primrose Primula x polyantha
Maroon flowers with prominent golden eyes, elegantly edged in gold. Colors are variable, beautiful, and unique. Introduced in the mid 1700s. Plants are longer-lived than modern hybrids. Gold Lace primrose can form showy mats of flowers up to 36″ across.
DANOVA GROWER'S SELECT MIX PrimrosePrimula acaulis
There are 25+ colors in the Danova primrose series. Danova Grower's Select Mix was chosen by growers to provide a collection of the most exceptional Danova primrose colors, combined with maximum uniformity in plant habit, and time of flowering. This mix includes 13 colors, ranging from pastel shades and white, to the deepest blues, yellows and reds.
Danova Grower's Select Mix primroses are compact (6-9″ tall) and easy to grow. They tolerate more heat and drier soils than most primroses. The 1.5″, fragrant flowers add bright, cheerful color to borders, rock gardens, woodland gardens, or containers. Hardy biennials in zones 4-7. Valued for winter-spring color in milder winter areas.
CRESCENDO MIX Primrose Primula x polyantha
A superb primrose, widely recognized as the best Primula x polyantha. Crescendo Mix primrose grows to 8″ tall, producing impressive, large, full flower clusters in eye-catching shades of rose, blue, red, gold, pink, primrose and white. Plants are especially showy when grown in containers. They can also be used to edge garden beds or paths. Crescendo Mix primrose even makes a charming winter houseplant. Plants prefer part shade and moist soil. Perennial in zones 5-7, Crescendo Mix primrose is grown as a winter-spring annual in zones 7-10.
RONSDORF HYBRIDS DRUMSTICK Primrose Primula denticulata
Blooms arranged in dense, globe-shaped clusters, atop 1′ stems. Flower colors include carmine-red, dark blue, lavender-blue, lilac and white. Plants flower very early in spring. They thrive in borders or pots. Not for mild winter areas, Ronsdorf Hybrids drumstick primrose requires a good winter chill. Winter hardy to zone 2. Combine beautifully with Compinkie wall rockcress.
PRIMULA X PUBESCENS Primrose
One of the oldest primrose species cultivated; plants grow to 8″ tall. Clusters of beautiful flowers in shades of white, yellow, red, pink and purple appear in spring. Leaves are leathery, and paddle-shaped. Primula pubescens looks terrific planted in part to light shade with Dragonfly Hybrids columbines or Palace Purple coral Bells. Winter hardy to zone 5.
PRIMULA BEESIANA Primrose
Fragrant purple-red candelabras on 2′ stems. Bloom is in spring or early summer. When plants are provided part shade, rich soil, and constant moisture, Primula beesiana is often long-lived. Winter hardy to zone 5.
How to Plant Primrose Seeds
Sow primrose seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Need light to germinate. Kept at 60-65° F., germination is in 21-30 days. Transplant seedlings 8-12″ apart when first anchor roots appear at the base of the plants, just above the soil line. Direct sowing is not recommended.
Growing Primroses: Part sun in most climates, full sun in coolest areas. Likes moist, rich, well-drained soil and regular fertilizer. Superb in containers. Taller primroses are excellent for cutting.