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Primula vulgaris



A great addition to a woodland setting

The simplicity of the primrose is probably its most endearing feature with a rosette of fresh green leaves that perfectly capture the clusters of scented, soft yellow flowers.


Happy in sun or light shade primroses look great in a woodland setting, borders, beds, grassy banks and wildlife gardens.


Loves a spot in evenly moist but well-drained, chalky soil, particularly among ferns. They are easy to grow and naturalise.

The common primrose is native to the UK and a welcome sight in early spring.

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 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, 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 Patio container, Garden edging

Typically available

From February to June