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Primula marginata (Silver-Edged Primrose)

Silver-Edged Primrose


Very hardy and floriferous, award-winning Primula marginata (Silver-Edged Primrose) is an evergreen perennial forming a rosette of beautiful silvery leaves with dramatic toothed edges lined with white farina, guaranteeing interest year round. Blooming in late winter or early spring, elegant clusters of pleasantly scented, funnel-shaped blue-lilac flowers, 1.2 in. across (3 cm), adorned with a white heart, are produced on short stems above the foliage. One of the earliest primroses to bloom, this charming primula is perfect for the alpine house. Well-suited to the rock garden, but should be sheltered from excessive rain to prevent the decorative farina to be washed off.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural society.
  • Grows in clumps, up to 6 in. tall (15 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, it is best grown in humus-rich, slightly alkaline, well-drained soils.
  • Best grown in an alpine house, rock gardens.
  • Propagate by seed, root basal cuttings or take root cuttings when dormant
  • Deer and rabbit resistant. Watch out for pests such as aphids, vine weevil, slugs and glasshouse red spider mite. May be affected by primula leaf spot.
  • Native to Europe (Alps).

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primula - Primroses
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 5" – 6" (12cm – 15cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primula - Primroses
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 5" – 6" (12cm – 15cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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