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Primula florindae (Giant Cowslip)

Giant Cowslip, Tibetan Cowslip, Bog Primula, Himalayan Cowslip, Tibetan Primrose, Florinda Primrose


One of the largest and most fragrant of the primula species, award-winning Primula florindae (Giant Cowslip) is a long-lived perennial favored by many gardeners with damp and partially shaded gardens. Hardy and easy to grow, it bears large umbels of delicately scented, nodding, rich, sunny yellow flowers (up to 40 per umbel) trimmed with silver farina around the base. Filling the air with their heavenly honey perfume, they bloom over a very long flowering season extending from early summer through late summer, atop upright, sturdy stems and rosettes of long-stalked, broad-ovate, bold green leaves. Native to southeastern Tibet, this Giant Cowslip is a great choice to brighten up a shady area!

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society, this plant is very versatile and can be used in shaded beds, borders, cottage gardens or along streams, ponds or water gardens.
  • Easily growing up to 4 ft. tall (120 cm), Giant Cowslip will increase year after year, each plant producing dozens of blooming stems, and naturalize to form cheerful swathes.
  • A full sun to part shade lover, it is best grown in humus-rich, neutral to acid, moist, well-drained soils.
  • Virtually disease-free and low maintenance, deer and rabbits will ignore it!
  • Cowslip seed needs a period of chilling to break dormancy - it therefore needs to be sown in late summer or fall, with germination taking place the following spring.
     

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primula - Primroses
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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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 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primula - Primroses
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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