Usually referred to as primroses, the term primrose originates from the Latin word “primus”, which means “first”. An appropriate name as often primula are one of the first flowers to bloom in our spring gardens.
Primula auricula ( solid colour with contrasting eye, dusted with mealy white ‘farina’ with evergreen foliage )
Primrose are certainly cheery blooms, mostly smaller low growing plants arriving in a multitude of colours. Many are hardy to zone 3 while others require warmer climates of zone 5.
Primula veris or Cowslip ( umbels of fragrant, nodding yellow, orange or red blooms, very hardy )
Primrose generally like a part shade position with rich, moisture retentive soil. Preferring cooler temperatures they are often lost in very hot climates with dry summer soil.
Primula denticulata or Drumstick ( spherical umbels of white, pink, purple or lavender blooms with yellow eyes. Blooms are held higher on sturdy stems )