Primula alpicola 'Kevock Sky'

Primulaceae

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Primula alpicola 'Kevock Sky'
 

Habitat: moist places, shade or part shade

Flowering: late spring

Height: 50 cm

Width: 30 cm

Soil: rich, with lots of humus

The Sikkimensis section contains first-rate plants for places in the garden that are not too hot and dry, or even are very wet. They die down completely in the winter, but in spring make clumps of rounded leaves in distinct stems. Then the tall flower stems grow, each bearing two or three large whorls of flowers. Each flower is on its own long stem (pedicel), so that they arch outwards and downwards. They are wonderfully scented, and are coloured white, cream, yellow, orange, red, maroon or purple, with the insides often covered in cream powder.

Primula alpicola 'Kevock Sky' is a strain that we have established from a plant originating in our garden. The flowers, in two or three whorls towards to top of the tall stems, are larger than is usual for this species, and they are a pale mauve colour. We referred to it as 'sky blue', but that is an exaggeration. We have called it Primula alpicola 'Kevock Sky', which is not (yet) a registered name.
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Primula Sikkimensis section - some other suggestions
primula_alpicola_alba.jpg Primula alpicola has two or three whorls of flowers towards the tops of the tall flower stems. Flowers can be white, yellow or shades of purple, and are deliciously scented. The strains, grown from seed, normally come true. The catalogue entry represents a mixture of the flower colours. The plants are completely deciduous.
primula_alpicola_alpicola.jpg Primula alpicola var. alpicola has two or three whorls of white flowers, finely scented, towards the tops of the tall flower stems. The plants die down completely in winter.
primula_alpicola_violacea.jpg Primula alpicola var. violacea has two or three whorls of flowers that are usually quite a rich purple colour, occasionally somewhat paler. That have a wonderful scent. The foliage dies away completely in winter.
primula_florindae2.jpg Primula florindae is easy, in a damp place. In a soggy area of our garden that we call a lawn we mow these primulas, which survive but don't grow very tall! Elsewhere, they can grow to a magnificent 120 cm or more tall, and have one (occasionally two) whorls of flowers on short spreading or hanging pedicels (stems), sometimes a hundred or more, with a lovely scent. Most have soft yellow flowers (the Tibetan cowslip) or are a pale orange, but others can be quite a bright red. This catalogue entry represents a mixture of the usual yellow or orange forms.
primula_florindae_red.jpg Primula florindae red-flowered is a super red-flowered variety of this robust with one (sometimes two) whorls of many scented flowers on short stems.
invisible.gif Primula reticulata is a species described in the books as having yellow flowers, but the parent plant of these seedlings has deep red flowers, but otherwise looks like a small version of Primula sikkimensis. Whether it is reticulata or not we don't know; what we do know is that it is distinct from other related plants, and looks most attractive when in flower.
invisible.gif Primula cf. reticulata is believed to be this species, but it has not yet flowered for us. It is rather like a small version of Primula sikkimensis, with flowers that can be yellow, white or deep red.
primula_sikkimensis_red.jpg Primula sikkimensis ex red-flowered are grown from selected red-flowered plants, which appeared in a batch from a wild collection. We believe that these original plants are true Primula sikkimensis, not hybrids. The offspring have quite dark red flowers, darker than the seed parent, so it is possible that the red ones have hybridised with another species in the garden. Fascinating, whatever they are!
invisible.gif Primula sikkimensis pink-flowered are plants grown from seed from a pink-flowered plant that was believed to be Primula sikkimensis. That usually has pale yellow flowers, so this may well be a hybrid, most likely with another member of the sikkimensis section. Flower colour may vary in the next generation.
primula_sikkimensis_pudibunda3.jpg Primula aff. sikkimensis var. pudibunda is a dwarf form with one or two whorls of small flowers, pale sulfur yellow.
primula_sikkimensis_pudibunda3.jpg Primula sikkimensis var. pudibunda is a dwarf form with one or two whorls of small flowers, pale sulfur yellow.
primula_sikkimensis_red.jpg Primula sikkimensis red-flowered are descended from a red-flowered plant of Primula sikkimensis, but we believe that these are hybrids of the red-flowered plant with another, unknown Primula. They are smaller than typical sikkimensis, but have the same shape of leaf. The flowers are attractive dark red when they first open, and the colour then fades, so that the farina inside the flowers becomes dominant.
IMG_7754.jpg Primula sikkimensis has stems with usually one, occasionally two, whorls of soft, sulfur yellow flowers. This is from central Nepal, towards the western end of the very extensive range of this species.
primula_waltonii7.jpg Primula waltonii has sharply toothed leaves, and bears umbels of pendent, dark lilac to reddish purple flowers with mealy edges.
primula_waltonii7.jpg Primula waltonii hybrids are plants grown from what we believe to be true Primula waltonii, but in cultivation waltonii hybridises with other species in the sikkimensis section, so the true species is soon lost. But the offspring come in a wonderful range of colours, covering just about every shade seen in the section. And they are scented.