Soil: with grit and humus
Height: 10 cm
Width: 10 cm
The many varieties of Primula allionii and its hybrids provide wonderful colour at the time when we wonder whether winter will ever end. They form tight domes of small leaves, often sticky, but the foliage is usually completely hidden by the masses of quite large, almost stemless flowers. Excessive wet in the cushion of foliage, particularly in winter, will cause rot, so they are usually grown in an alpine house or greenhouse, but any site sheltered from rain will do, such as tucked in a crevice on the sheltered side of a raised bed or in a trough. They do fine outside in places where there is reliable winter snow cover.
Primula 'Lismore Bay' has the name x miniera, which indicates a hybrid of Primula allionii and Primula marginata. This form takes the lilac flower colour from marginata, and its foliage and habit from allionii.
9 cm pot £3.50
|Primula allionii 'Apple Blossom' has flowers that are sugar pink, which shades to white at the centre.|
|Primula allionii 'Edinburgh' has mid-pink flowers with white eyes.|
|Primula allionii ex 'Kath Dryden' are seedlings from a splendid variety which is nothing like pure Primula allionii. For a start it has yellow flowers - large, pale yellow, in good clusters. Seedlings will not be identicial to the parent, but will inherit good characteristics, so they should be interesting and worthwhile plants, possibly outstanding.|
|Primula allionii 'Raymond Wooster' has rich pink flowers with white eyes, over a dense dome of foliage.|
|Primula 'Helmswell Abbey' has dusky pink flowers with yellow eyes.|
|Primula 'Hemswell Blush' has oval leaves and pink flowers with yellow eyes.|
|Primula 'Wharfedale Ling' has large pink flowers.|
|Primula 'Wharfedale Sunshine' is a Primula allionii hybrid with large, pink flowers.|