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 in. stems. Blooms feature prominent golden eyes, elegantly edged in gold or silver-white. Victorian Laced primroses are longer-lived than modern hybrids. Plants form showy mats of flowers up to 3 ft. across.
|10 seeds - $2.49|
DANOVA GROWER'S SELECT MIX Primrose Primula 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 in. tall) and easy to grow. Plants tolerate more heat and drier soils than most primroses. The 1.5 in. fragrant flowers add bright, cheerful color to borders, rock gardens, woodland gardens or containers. Hardy biennials in zones 4-7. Danova Grower's Select Mix is valued for winter-spring color in mild winter areas.
|20 seeds - $3.25|
PRIMULA X PUBESCENS Primrose
One of the oldest primrose species cultivated. Plants grow to 8 in. tall, hold clusters of beautiful flowers in shades of white, yellow, red, pink, and purple 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.
|50 seeds - $1.99|
PRIMULA BEESIANA Primrose
Fragrant purple-red candelabras of flowers held on 2 ft. stems. Bloom is in spring or early summer. When plants are provided part shade, rich soil and constant moisture, Primula beesiana plants is often long-lived. Winter hardy to zone 5.
|50 seeds - $2.49|
CRESCENDO MIX Primrose Primula x polyantha
A superb primrose, and widely recognized as the best Primula x polyantha. Crescendo Mix primrose grows to 8 in. tall, produces impressive, large, full-flowered clusters of eye-catching flowers in shades of rose, blue, red, gold, pink, primrose, and white. Plants are especially showy when grown in containers, they even make a charming winter houseplant. Crescendo Mix primrose is most often used to edge garden beds or paths. Plants prefer part shade and moist soil. A perennial in zones 5-7, Crescendo Mix primrose is grown as a winter-spring annual in zones 7-10.
|15 seeds - $4.99|
RONSDORF HYBRIDS DRUMSTICK Primrose Primula denticulata
Flowers are arranged in dense, globe-shaped clusters atop 1 ft. stems. Colors include carmine-red, dark blue, lavender-blue, lilac, and white. Plants flower very early in spring, thrive in borders or pots. Not for mild winter areas, Ronsdorf Hybrids drumstick primrose plants require a good winter chill. Winter hardy to zone 2. Combines beautifully with Compinkie wall rockcress.
|50 seeds - $1.99|
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 in. across.
|10 seeds - $2.49|
How to Plant and Grow Primrose
Plant Primrose: 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 in. apart when first anchor roots appear at the base of the plants, just above the soil line. Direct sowing is not recommended.
Grow Primrose: 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.