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Primula allionii (Au)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and White in Winter

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Allioni's 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. allionii is a small evergreen perennial forming rosettes of oblanceolate greyish-green leaves, with up to five white to pink flowers, usually white-eyed, 3cm across, borne in umbels on short erect scapes from late winter

Synonym(s)

  • Primula glutinosa All.

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in pots in an alpine house or frame. Use an alpine compost based on loam with added lime. Avoid wetting the foliage

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline
  • Chalk, Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in pots in an open frame as soon as ripe or in late winter to early spring. Propagate by detaching offsets in autumn or early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead after flowering

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, glasshouse red spider mite, slugs, leafhoppers and vineweevils

Diseases

May be subject to a virus, primula brown core and grey moulds