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Primula mairei JN

Kevock Feb 2019

Primula mairei

Most of these small primulas in the Muscarioides section have tight over-wintering buds at ground level, but some, such as Primula vialii, disappear completely for the winter, emerging very late in spring. The soft leaves remain low, but the flower stems are upright, and carry tall, narrow spikes of small flowers, a bit like a grape hyacinth (Muscari), usually purple or mauve. Most are perennial but short-lived, easily kept going from seed.

Primula mairei is a neat, small plant, with a rosette of slightly hairy leaves, flower stems coated with farina, and spikes of bright purple flowers, densely clustered together. There is some debate about whether this species is the same as Primula pinnatifida. As originally described, this species has highly divided pinnate leaves, whereas Prmular mairei, as we know it, has leaves that are only slightly divided, if at all.

Quantity 9 cm pot
Width 10cm
Height 20cm
Family Primulaceae
Flowering Late spring
Habitat detail partly shaded position
Garden habitat Alpine winter / part shade summer
Soil well drained soil
Plant category Alpine
Height range 6 - 20 cm

Photos of this plant

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