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Primula beesiana (Pf)
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Bee's primrose

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

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple Green
Summer Purple Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Primulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

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

Name status

Correct

Horticultural Group
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
Plant range
W China

How to grow

Cultivation

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

Propagation

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
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

None required

Pests

Prone to aphids, glasshouse red spider mite, leaf hoppers, vine weevil, slugs

Diseases

May suffer from a virus, primula brown core and grey mould (botrytis)

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