Primula vulgaris Hardy; Europe

In most respects this primula (syn. P. acaulis) is a trimmed-down version of the garden polyanthus, as it has leaves, flowers and flower colours that are very much the same. The principal difference is in the size, especially in the length of the flower stalk which is very much shorter. The more compact habit makes this plant a very good subject for small plant gardens. Very easy to care for, it requires the almost standard treatment for hardy plants that are also utilized as potted plants, in that cool, light and airy conditions are preferred. The loamy mixture should be moist all the time and when the plant has outlived its usefulness indoors it can be planted in a moist, shaded part of the garden. New plants are raised from seed and older ones may be split up if only a small number are required.

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