Primula x polyantha
Hybrid primroses with Primula veris and Primula vulgaris (and perhaps P. elatior) in their ancestry. They feature the familiar mid-green scalloped leaves common to many primulas, and grow in tidy rosettes. Flowering stems appear in mid-spring, and hold clusters of tubular flowers, which may take on many different colors. We grew ours from seed labeled as P. elatior – perhaps because according to some taxonomical resources, P. polyantha (without the x) is synonymous with P. elatior subsp. elatior. In any case, they are a marvellous burgundy/yellow bicolor, which I've seen approximated in online photos of the Pacific Giants strain. They seem to come true from seed more often than not, although some seedlings come in all yellow.
|various colors (spring)
|moist, well-drained, neutral-acid soil; prefers cool temperatures
The plants that I grew from seed a few years ago flowered early in their first summer, and have been growing stronger by the year since then (second-, third-, and fourth-year plants are shown on this page).
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
About my plant portraits
PlantLinks to other web pages about Primula x polyantha
Visitors to this page have left the following comments
|Oct 17, 2017
|please can you tell me what is the right time i should plant the seeds? and what is better planting them in ground or in pots ? thank you
This will depend somewhat on where you garden, but in most areas starting indoors in late winter, to have small plants to set out in spring, would probably work best. Good luck.
- Seed from '11 trade. Baggy 70F (55%G, 8-22d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (53%G, 8-30d)
- Seed from '14 garden. Baggy 70F (72%G,15-22d)
I welcome comments about my web pages; feel free to use the form below to
leave feedback about this particular page. For the benefit of other visitors
to these pages, I will list any relevant comments you leave, and if
appropriate, I will update my page to correct mis-information. Faced with an
ever-increasing onslaught of spam, I'm forced to discard any comments including
html markups. Please submit your comment as plain text. If you have a
comment about the website as a whole, please leave it in my
guestbook. If you
have a question that needs a personal response, please