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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
Primula are herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials, forming a basal rosette of simple leaves, with salver-shaped or bell-shaped flowers which may be solitary or carried in an umbel or in whorls on an erect stem
Proliferae section primulas are moisture-loving herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials forming a rosette of basal leaves, with erect stems each carrying several whorls of salver-shaped flowers
P. beesiana is a deciduous perennial forming a flat rosette of light green, crinkly leaves to 20cm long, with erect, mealy stems bearing several whorls of yellow-eyed, purple flowers in late spring and early summer
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
MoisturePoorly-drained, Moist but well-drained
Time to ultimate height
Grow in partial shade, in deep, humus-rich, moist, neutral to acid loam soil, or peaty soil. Tolerates full sun if soil remains moist at all times
Propagate by seed sown in containers in an open frame, as soon as ripe or in late winter or early spring. Divide between autumn and early spring. Root basal cutting or offsets in autumn or early spring. Take root cuttings when dormant in winter
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds
Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning None required
Pests Prone to aphids, glasshouse red spider mite, leaf hoppers, vine weevil, slugs
May suffer from a virus, primula brown core and grey mould (botrytis)
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