Primula x polyantha, P. acaulis, P. beesiana, P. x pubescens
VICTORIAN LACED Primrose Primula x polyantha
A group of classic primroses, first introduced in the 1600s and they still fascinate us hundreds of years later. 'Victorian Laced' features masses of gorgeous red, maroon, purple, or brown-black flowers on 2-3 inch stems. They have prominent golden eyes and are elegantly edged in gold or silver-white. Longer-lived than modern hybrids, they can form showy mats of flowers up to 3 feet across.
GOLD LACE Primrose Primula x polyantha
Maroon flowers with prominent golden eyes, elegantly edged in gold. Colors are variable, beautiful, and unique. Longer-lived than modern hybrids, 'Gold Lace' can form showy mats of flowers up to 36 inches across.
DANOVA GROWER'S SELECT MIX PrimrosePrimula acaulis
There are 25+ colors in the 'Danova' primrose series and this excellent mix was selected by growers to provide a collection of the most exceptional 'Danova' primrose colors, combined with maximum uniformity in plant habit and time of flowering. 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 inches tall) and easy to grow. They tolerate more heat and drier soils than most other primroses. Their colorful 1.5 inch fragrant flowers are great additions to borders, rock gardens, woodland gardens or containers. Hardy biennials in zones 4-7, valued for winter-spring color in mild winter areas.
CRESCENDO MIX Primrose Primula x polyantha
A superb primrose, widely recognized as the best polyantha, Crescendo Mix grows to 8 inches tall and produces impressive large, full flower clusters in eye-catching shades of rose, blue, red, gold, pink, primrose and white. Excellent in containers or use to edge beds or paths. It even makes a charming winter houseplant. Likes part shade and moist soil. Perennial in zones 5-7, it is grown as a winter-spring annual in zones 7-10.
RONSDORF HYBRIDS DRUMSTICK Primrose Primula denticulata
Flowers arranged in dense, globe-shaped clusters, atop 1 foot stems. Colors include carmine-red, dark blue, lavender-blue, lilac and white. Plants flower very early in spring and thrive in borders or pots. Not for mild winter areas, they require a good winter chill. Combine beautifully with Compinkie Wall Rockcress. Winter hardy to zone 2.
PRIMULA X PUBESCENS Primrose
One of the oldest primrose species cultivated; grows to 8 inches tall with leathery, paddle-shaped leaves and clusters of beautiful spring flowers in shades of white, yellow, red, pink and purple. Plants look terrific in part to light shade with dwarf columbines or Palace Purple Coral Bells. Winter hardy to zone 5.
PRIMULA BEESIANA Primrose
Fragrant purple-red candelabras on 2 foot stems in spring or early summer. Provided part shade, rich soil, and constant moisture they are often long-lived. Winter hardy to zone 5.
How to Plant Primrose Seeds
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 60-65° F., germination is in 21-30 days. Transplant 8-12 inches 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 varieties are excellent for cutting.