Skip to site navigation

Primula marginata (Au) AGM

Home  |  Plants > Plant Selector > Primula marginata (Au) AGM

© RHS 1985

Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Blue in Spring

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

silver-edged primrose

Family

Primulaceae


Primula are herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials, forming a basal rosette of simple leaves, with salver-shaped or bell-shaped flowers which may be solitary or carried in an umbel or in whorls on an erect stem

Auricula section primulas are evergreen perennials with leathery, often farinose foliage and simple umbels of salver-shaped flowers which are usually pink, purple or yellow

P. marginata is an evergreen perennial to 15cm in height, with rosettes of leathery, grey-green, toothed leaves, white-mealy on the margins. Umbels of fragrant, white-eyed, lavender-blue flowers 3cm in width are borne on mealy stems

Synonym(s)

  • Primula marginata form

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, humus-rich, slightly alkaline soil in full sun with some midday shade or partial shade. Although hardy it is recommended for cultivation in an alpine house in the south of England

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed, root basal cuttings or take root cuttings when dormant

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, vine weevil, slugs, leaf and bud eelworms and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

May be subject to a leaf spot and grey mould