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Primula denticulata (Drumstick Primula)

Drumstick Primula, Tooth-Leaved Primrose


Robust, Primula denticulata, commonly known as Drumstick Primula, is a very attractive perennial with dense, rounded flowerheads, 4 in. wide (8 cm), of many flat flowers in shades of pale lilac, rich purple, blue, pink or white. Borne on sturdy, erect stems above rosettes of lance-shaped, wrinkly leaves, they are adorned with a delicate, golden eye. Native to China and the Himalayas, this perennial thrives in damp, shady environments where it brings in early to late spring, its brightly colored blossoms. Primroses are brilliant vehicles for adding color to the shade garden.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Easily grows in clumps, up to 8-12 in. tall and across (20-30 cm), this plant quickly establishes to a good size by self-sowing and looks particularly beautiful when grown in mass. While winter-deciduous, it will return with vigor year after year.
  • A part shade lover, it is best grown in humus-rich, consistently moist, neutral to acid soils. This plant may be grown in full sun in cool summer areas, provided the soil remains moist. Mulch this plant to help maintain the soil moisture and keep the roots cool. Wet soil tolerated.
  • This plant is very versatile and can be used in partially shaded beds, borders, in cottage gardens, rock gardens or along streams, ponds or water gardens. Lovely when mixed with flowering bulbs!
  • A low maintenance plant (Cut back after flowering), virtually diseases-free. Watch out for pests such as aphids, vine weevil, slugs and glasshouse red spider mite.
  • Propagate by division in early spring or by seed sown from fall to spring.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant!

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primula - Primroses
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primula - Primroses
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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