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Primula 'Guinevere' (Pr/Poly) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Purple in Spring

Foliage

Green and Purple in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

polyanthus 'Guinevere'

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

'Guinevere' is a semi-evergreen perennial to 12cm, with a rosette of obovate, purplish-bronze leaves and umbels of purplish-pink, yellow-eyed flowers 3-4cm in width

Synonym(s)

  • Primula 'Garryard Guinevere'
  • Primula 'Garryarde Guinevere'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division in autumn and early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Rock Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

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

Diseases

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