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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
Primroses are rosette-forming herbaceous perennials, sometimes grown as annuals, with clusters of solitary flowers arising from the rosette in late winter or early spring
P. vulgaris subsp. vulgaris is a rosette-forming perennial to 20cm, with obovate light green leaves and clusters of fragrant, long-stalked pale yellow flowers 2.5-4cm in width
Europe, N Africa, SW Asia
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 West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam
Time to ultimate height
Grow in partial shade or full sun but only if moist at all times. Good in open woodland or banks
Propagate by seed or division in autumn and early spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Banks and Slopes Low Maintenance Flower borders and beds Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs
City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Rock Garden Patio & Container Plants
Pruning No pruning required
Pests May be attacked by aphids, glasshouse red spider mite, leafhoppers, vine weevil and slugs
May be subject to primula brown core and grey moulds
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