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

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial, Annual/Biennial or Bedding

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Red and Yellow in Winter

Foliage

Green 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

1-2 years


Preferred common name

polyanthus 'Rainbow Scarlet 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 Scarlet Shades' is an early flowering polyanthus to 25cm in height, with bright scarlet, yellow-eyed flowers on compact plants

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