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Primula bulleyana


Bulley's Primrose

A striking plant for a woodland setting

A handsome candelabra Primula with tiers of orange-yellow flowers growing on upright stems above crinkly, textured leaves. The flowers are exceptionally striking, especially if several plants are grouped together. Works well planted alongside ferns.


Loves a lightly shaded damp, sheltered spot, ideal in a woodland border, or pond side planting.


Prefers a rich, moist soil. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - home made garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Keep well watered.

These primulas are native to the hillsides of China and are named for Arthur K Bulley who set up Bees Ltd Nursery and helped introduce many hardy plants to the UK.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - June
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Rock garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From February to June