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Primula 'Rainbow Cream Shades' (Rainbow Series) (Pr/Poly) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial, Bedding or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Cream and Pale Yellow in Spring and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

polyanthus 'Rainbow Cream Shades'

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

'Rainbow Cream Shades' is a polyanthus to 20cm in height, with fragrant flowers in tints of cream and creamy-yellow, with yellow eyes

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, do not allow to dry out in hot weather

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral or Acid
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, 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