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By Rohima

West Midlands, United Kingdom Gb

Hello every one. When this time of the year comes and i want to buy plants for the winter pots i can never decide wether to go for primroses or polyanthus's as i don't know what the differance is between them. All explanations or advice appreciated. Thank you.



Hi Rohima believe it or not they are the same thing! Some forms of cultivated primulas are commonly known as polyanthus (P. elatior hybrids) as opposite to primrose (P. vulgaris hybrids), hope this helps :-)

24 Aug, 2010


MG's right - about the only difference is that Polyanthus are a bit taller, their flowers being on a slightly longer stalk, than primrose.

24 Aug, 2010


I think that the general differnce is that polyanthus have several flower heads on a tall, thich stem above the leaves, whilst primroses just have one or two flowers on thinner stems closer to the leaf cushion - think wild primroses.

24 Aug, 2010


Thank you Moon grower, Bamboo and Bulbaholic. That was most usefull. As i want flowers, i will go for the polyanthus.Will have to write it down and take with me to the garden centre other wise i won't be able to remember which one i decided on. I would forget my head if it wasn't stuck on.

24 Aug, 2010


Me too - I just cal it a senior moment!

24 Aug, 2010


Get plenty of those Moongrower!! One thing in primrose favour Rohima, you can plant them in slightly shadier places.

4 Feb, 2011

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