Primula x forsteri 'Dianne'

Primulaceae

 

Habitat: alpine grassland

 

Soil: with grit and humus, acid

 

Height: 5 cm

 

Flowering: spring

 

Width: 15 cm

           


           

The Auricula section includes not only that species, but also most of the other Primula species from the mountains of Europe. They make clumps of rosettes of thick, fleshy leaves, in some species really glossy, but in others covered with farina. Clusters of a few flowers are borne on short stems, from late winter through to early summer, and they are indispensable residents of rock gardens, raised beds, troughs and the alpine house. They are also great in pots for showing. The many Primula allionii varieties and hybrids, Primula marginata varieties, cultivated auriculas, and Primula x pubescens (P. auricula x P. hirsuta) varieties are listed in separate groups in this catalogue.

Primula x forsteri 'Dianne' is a hybrid of Primula hirsuta and Primula minima. From the latter it inherits the broad, serrated tip to the leaves and its compact habit. Fortunately it has left behind the disinclination to flower in cultivation, producing its slightly purple pink, white-eyed flowers freely in spring, and often again in modest numbers in late summer.
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9 cm pot £4.00

Primula Auriculastrum section (auricula) - some other suggestions
invisible.gif Primula auricula subsp. bauhinii is a natural variety of this lovely species in which the leaves are more thickly covered with farina than is the norm, but with the typical bright yellow flowers, each with a conspicuous white eye.
primula_auricula4.jpg Primula auricula subsp. ciliolata is a subspecies that isn't always recognised as valid, but whatever the nomenclature, they are fine plants. The leaves are thickly covered in farina, and are slightly notched along the edges, and the flowers are rich yellow with a white eye, and with a lovely scent.
primula_auricula2.jpg Primula auricula is the species from which the many cultivated auricula varieties are derived, which also has many variants in the wild. This form has mealy leaves and umbels of bright yellow, white-eyed flowers, large and fragrant.
invisible.gif Primula carniolica is a native of the Mountains of Slovenia. It has attractive red-violet flowers with a sprinkling of white at the centre, and smooth green basal leaves.
primula_hirsuta.jpg Primula hirsuta has sticky, fleshy leaves and bright pink, white-eyed flowers in small clusters. It is a common species in the European Alps, often filling all available sites in the crevices of a rock.
primula_hirsuta.jpg Primula hirsuta red-flowered is a form of this common European alpine species in which the flowers are red, borne in clusters on short stems above the rosettes of sticky leaves.
primula_integrifolia.jpg Primula integrifolia grows in places where melting snow saturates the ground in spring, as in the picture. It has short-stemmed pink flowers, each petal deeply notched.
primula_latifolia.jpg Primula latifolia has large, broad leaves (as the name indicates), and the bright reddish purple flowers come in substantial heads (in extreme cases with 50 flowers).
invisible.gif Primula lutea is the species separated from Primula auricula, and which represents plants from the south and east of the range. Plants of this species have rather little farina on their leaves, and the flowers lack the distinctive white eye of their northern cousins.
primula_spectabilis.jpg Primula spectabilis has rosettes of leathery, glossy, bright green leaves and large, rose-pink flowers with white eyes.
primula_auricula.jpg Primula x venusta is a natural hybrid between Primula auricula and Primula carniolica, rare in the wild, although it turns up from time to time. In appearance it is closer to Primula carniolica, and normally has bright pink flowers with a white eye.
invisible.gif Primula villosa is a mountain primula from the S. Alps.
invisible.gif Primula wulfeniana is not at all widespread in the wild, and it is apparently also not commonly cultivated. It makes tight rosettes of shiny leaves, with a couple of flowers on each stem, reddish pink with a white eye.