Habitat: sun with shading or partial shade
Soil: moist but very well drained, gritty; protect from winter wet
Height: 15 cm
Width: 25 cm
One of the most rewarding European primula for cultivation, Primula marginata can be grown outside on the rock garden or a raised bed or in a trough, or grown under glass as a plant for showing. The thick stem branches frequently, so that the plant makes a dome of fleshy, toothed leaves, lightly covered with farina. Flower stems hold the heads of lavender flowers above the foliage.Primula marginata 'Clear's Variety' has very pale lilac flowers above the grey-green, toothed foliage.
|Primula marginata 'Adrian Evans' is quite unlike most varieties of Primula marginata, which have flowers that are lavender or thereabouts. In the case of 'Adrian Evans' they are intense, deep pink, with a clear pure white eye. There are typically five or six of them on each short, upright stem, so they are held clear of the rosettes of mealy, finely toothed leaves.|
|Primula marginata 'Holden Variety' has attractive bluish-lilac flowers, fading towards the centre. The toothed foliage is silvery-green. This variety was originally raised by Richard Milne-Redhead of Holden Clough Nursery, and is often known as 'Holden Clough'..|
|Primula marginata 'Linda Pope' is a particularly vigorous variety (or perhaps a hybrid) with large, toothed, mealy foliage. In spring it produces umbels of mauve flowers with mealy eyes.|