Primula Denticulata or Himalayan Primrose

Spring flowering Primulas are one of gardens wonders. The ‘denticulata’ flowers are held on firm high stalks up to 12″ above ground. The globular appearance is due to the mass of small florets that group together to form a ball shape.

Primula denticula alba

In early March this white Drumstick Primula Denticulata is full of flowers on stalks that are just breaking free from ground level.
Within a week the stalks will be over 10 inches tall and fully open.
Admired by the neighbors I often split the plants and give examples away.

Primula denticula

primula-denticula-alba

One of my  favourite spring flowers is the Primula with over 400 species to choose from you are sure to find a favourite of your own. In early March this white Drumstick Primula or Primula Denticulata is full of flowers on stalks that are breaking free from ground level. Within a week the stalks will be over 10 inches tall and fully open. This plant looks like it will have about 7 flower heads in a crystal clear white.

 

Growing Primula Denticulata Tips

    • Flowers tend to precede the neat clumps of leaves and can continue in bloom for many weeks.
    • Primula denticulata are most common in a blue or lilac shades but also flowers in reddish purple.

 

  • Plants like a moist but draining soil and can be accommodated in a rockery.
  • Deadhead the flowers when they have finished flowering¬† to keep the plant tidy.
  • Split the plant in autumn before the leaves die back or in spring to get more stock. The plant above is overdue to be split.
  • Primula denticulata can also be raised from seed.

Primula denticula

  • Primula denticulata Rubra variety is a handsome plant with deep purplish red flowers and large, smooth foliage.
  • Also known as The Drumstick primrose or Himalayan Primrose this is a vigorous perennial. These plants are suited to growing in the border, rockery or as a pond marginal plant.
  • Primula denticulata grows approximately 12″ high and should be planted out 8″ apart.

More Primula seeds from Thompson & Morgan
Primula denticula


3 Responses to Primula Denticulata or Himalayan Primrose

  1. feijoa fruit April 11, 2013 at 16.03 #

    Primula denticulata is among the most handsome and striking of the primula family, Glad to have visited this blog as i got good tips here on growing Primula Denticulata.

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