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Primula auricula

For sale by Rachel the Gardener

This grower is sure of this plant identification.

Distinctive, pretty, flowers, held on short stalks above the low, grey-green leaves, fancifully described as looking like bears' ears. I'm not at all sure that I agree!

Ideal for pots, for sinks or troughs, or for rockeries. If you want them in the border, just dig a deeper hole than they require, and fill the base with small stones/hardcore to give extra drainage. Mix sand with the removed soil, and plant into the sandy mixture.

Primula auricula | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12
Primula auricula | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12
Pot SizeTotal Price
0.65 litres

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Grower Notes

Hardy Perennial. Originally an alpine plant, so they like it dry and well drained, and prefer part sun.

Traditionally they are often grown under glass, or in a sheltered spot, to prevent the rain damaging the leaves, although I grow them quite happily outside, with a regular check to gently snip off any badly damaged or fading leaves.

I have two colours for sale: the left-hand picture shows the dark purple one, the other shows a late flower on the pale lilac ones.

Plant Finder: about Primula auricula

Common names

Alpine auricula, Primrose


Primula auricula (Alpine auricula). This species will produce grey-green foliage, with umbels of various colour blooms in the spring.


They prefer fertile, gritty, alkaline, well-drained soils, which grow in partial-shade with ample water.

Interest and use

Rock garden, walls

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Primula auricula | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Fertile, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

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