Primula vialii


Dense flower spikes of lavender blue flowers opening from scarlet buds appear throughout the summer from rosettes of pale green leaves…

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Whenever we take flowering Primula vialii to farmers markets it always proves popular and sells out quickly. It is very distinctive and stands out from all other primulas. Each rosette is made up of lanceolate pale green leaves which are slightly farinose (appearing covered in powder). Dense flower spikes resembling pokers or spears appear throughout the summer. The spikes have scarlet coloured buds which open from the bottom to reveal lavender blue flowers. Primula vialii quickly forms clumps having multiple flower spikes throughout June, July and right up to the first frosts.

It grows best in a damp, partially shaded situation but also makes an excellent specimen plant in pots and troughs as well as the front of cottage garden style borders.

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More Details:

Family: Primulaceae

Synonyms: Primula vialli, Primula littoniana

Common Name: Orchid Primrose, Red Hot Poker Primrose, Vial’s Primrose, Vials Primrose, Chinese Pagoda Primrose

Native: China – N.W. Yunnan & S.W. Szechwan

Height x Spread: 45cm  x 30cm

Soil Type: Moist but well drained

Soil pH: Acid or Neutral

Aspect: Full Sun or Part Shade

UK Hardiness: Hardy

Flowering Time: Spring & Summer

Flower Colour: Red, Purple, Lavender

Foliage Colour: Green

Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit 


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