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Symbols of spring, prima rosa, appearing in the UK in woodlands, hedgebanks and grassy places and originating mainly in the northern hemisphere with almost half of species coming from the Himalayas.
Genus of about 400 species of mainly herbaceous perennials, some woody based and evergreen.
In groups of upright candelabras, the very diverse primrose/polyantha and the auriculas which include those with centres of white meal displayed as show auriculas.
Represented in the UK by the common P. vulgaris, the cowslip, P. veris (which makes a potent wine), a hybrid between them, false oxlip and the true oxlip. P. elatoir existing in a small area of boulder clay in East Anglia.
Around Yorkshire and Cumbria in damp, peaty places P. farinosa, the bird's-eye primrose grows and to the north on the north and north-west coast of Scotland. the similar P. scotica is native.
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - pale- to dark-green leaves are generally linear to broadly oval in basal rosettes.
Full shade - in sharply-drained soil.
Full sun - if soil remains moist at all times.
Additional Features - Good to know - grown for attractive flower form, salverform (as common primrose) or tubular, bell-shaped or funnel-shaped. CANDELABRAS are robust herbaceous perennials with several whorls of flowers in tiers on tall, sturdy stems.
Pests & Diseases - aphids, red spider mite, vine weevil, slugs, viruses, grey mould(Botrytis).
Place of origin - found widely in the northern hemisphere.
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil
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