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Primula marginata 'Beamish' (Au) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple 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 'Beamish'

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

'Beamish' is a perennial to 15cm, with oval, grey-green, mealy leaves and stout stems carrying up to eight fragrant, white-eyed, deep reddish-violet flowers 2.5cm across

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-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

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline, Neutral or Acid
  • Chalk, Loam, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by detaching offsets in autumn or early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


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