Primula apoclita

Primulaceae

 

Habitat: cool, moist places in part shade

 

Soil: humus-rich, moist but not waterlogged

 

Height: 20 cm

 

Flowering: summer

 

Width: 10 cm

           


           

Most of these small primulas in the Muscarioides section have tight over-wintering buds at ground level, but some, such as Primula vialii, disappear completely for the winter, emerging very late in spring. The soft leaves remain low, but the flower stems are upright, and carry tall, narrow spikes of small flowers, a bit like a grape hyacinth (Muscari), usually purple or mauve. Most are perennial but short-lived, easily kept going from seed.

Primula apoclita has fragrant, deep purple flowers, contrasting with the white farina on the flower stems, over a neat rosette of fresh green leaves. There is a lot of debate about the nomenclature of this and related species, and further study is needed.
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Primula Muscarioides section - some other suggestions
invisible.gif Primula bellidifolia is a form originating in Xizang (Tibet) or further west, and is quite distinct from plants grown as Primula lilacina, as it doesn't have any farina on the reverse of the leaves. The leaves are like those of a daisy (if you have a very vivid imagination), and the pale violet flowers are in small, dense heads.
primula_concholoba.jpg Primula concholoba has pale blue/purple flowers, almost globular, with rather few flowers in each head.
primula_flaccida_close.jpg Primula flaccida belongs in the Muscarioides section, although it was once regarded as being in the Soldanelloides section. It sends up soft (frost-susceptible) leaves in spring, followed by short stems capped with a spike of quite large, beautifully scented, hanging, pale purple flowers. This collection is from a mountain range quite a distance from the usual haunts of this Primula, and it may well differ in some respects.
IMG_8250.jpg Primula lilacina is very distinctive, with thick farina on the underside of the leaves and on the inflorescence, which has lots of lilac-coloured flowers, and a delightful scent.
IMG_7427.jpg Primula mairei is a neat, small plant, with a rosette of slightly hairy leaves, flower stems coated with farina, and spikes of bright purple flowers, densely clustered together. There is some debate about whether this species is the same as Primula pinnatifida. As originally described, this species has highly divided pinnate leaves, whereas Prmular mairei, as we know it, has leaves that are only slightly divided, if at all.
primula_muscarioides_sdr6052c.jpg Primula muscarioides sect. must be the most impressive plant in this section that I have every seen - or at least the parents were. Growing in woodland near 4000 m, they had fruiting stems half a metre tall, with the spread of the leaves nearly as much. The species has not yet been identified; it will probably be one we are familiar with, but whether its strength and vigour is inherent in the plants, or just a consequence of a offering from a passing yak, remains to be seen.
CHI_0613.jpg Primula vialii is a vigorous form of this lovely primula, and can be up to 60 cm tall, with masses of flowers crowding the stem, bright red buds opening to violet flowers.
primula_watsonii.jpg Primula watsonii is now cultivated stock, originally from mossy rocks high in the mountains. It has grape hyacinth-like heads of very dark purple flowers, with a little farina on the flowers and stems.
primula_watsonii.jpg Primula watsonii maroon has the darkest flowers of the Muscarioides section, sometimes almost black, but in this case dark maroon, contrasting with the pale silvery farina on the stems and bracts.