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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
Vial's primrose orchid primrose
red-hot poker primrose
Primula littoniana Primula viali
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
P. vialii is a rosette-forming herbaceous perennial to 40cm, with hairy, oblong-lanceolate leaves and erect stems with a terminal conical spike of light violet flowers 1cm in width, opening from red buds
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect East-facing or South-facing or West-facing or North-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
Time to ultimate height
Grow in deep moist or moist but well-drained neutral to acid, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade
Propagate by division in early spring or propagate by seed sown from autumn to spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds
Cottage & Informal Garden Rock Garden
Pruning Cut back after flowering
Pests May be attacked by aphids, vine weevil, slugs, leaf and bud eelworms and glasshouse red spider mite
Generally disease free
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