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Primula vialii


Vial's Primrose

A stunning addition to a shaded spot

A spectacular Primula with unusual flower spikes - made up of a red cone, covered in tiny lilac flowers in mid-June, they emerge from a rosette of fresh-green leaves and will add colour and interest to your garden. Best plant in a small group for an eye-catching display.


Prefers a spot in partial shade, perfect in a shady border or pond side planting.


Best in a moist soil. Keep well watered.

Primula vialii was discovered by the Scottish plant collector George Forrest (1873-1932) on an expedition to China.

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 Summer
Flowering June - July
Evergreen No
Plant height 30 cm - 40 cm
Plant width 25 cm - 30 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 35 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Sand
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
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, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From February to June