Primula (Cortusa) matthioli subsp. matthioli

Primulaceae

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Cortusa matthioli 'Alba'
 

Habitat: shady places

Flowering: late spring

Height: 25 cm

Width: 20 cm

Soil: moist, with plenty of humus

Originally belonging the the genus Cortusa, these plants have been shown by DNA studies to be Primula - and members of the Cortusoides section (i.e. they look like Cortusa. What a surprise!) They usually have bright pink flowers, sometimes white, with a characteristically prominent stigma closely surrounded by the stamens. What were separate species are now subspecies of Primula matthioli. They are all rather similar.

Primula (Cortusa) matthioli subsp. matthioli makes small, neat clumps of rounded leaves with lovely, nodding umbels of delicate deep pink flowers.
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Cortusa - some other suggestions
invisible.gif Primula (Cortusa) matthioli subsp. caucasica has rounded leaves with lovely, nodding flowers of a good deep pink colour.
invisible.gif Primula (Cortusa) matthioli subsp. caucasica 'Alba' is a lovely white-flowering form for the late spring.
invisible.gif Primula (Cortusa) matthioli subsp. matthioli var. congesta is a more compact variant of an easy Primula relative (botanically it should be a Primula), with rounded, hairy leaves and short spikes of deep pink flowers with characteristice swept-back petals.
cortusa_matthioli_alba.jpg Primula (Cortusa) matthioli subsp. pekinensis is a variety with leaves that are more deeply lobed than usual, and with each lobe further divided. The flowers are much the same as in European variants, with around ten on each stem, deep pink.
invisible.gif Primula (Cortusa) matthioli subsp. sachalinensis makes small, neat clumps of rounded leaves with lovely, nodding umbels of delicate deep pink flowers. It is sometimes given specific status as Cortusa sachalinensis, but the differences between the taxa are small - some would say non-existent! It comes, of course, from Sakhalin Island.