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Herbaceous Perennial

Primula vulgaris 'Taigetos' (Pr/Prim)
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primrose 'Taigetos'

'Taigetos' is a semi-evergreen, clump-forming perennial to 15cm tall with a rosette of green, wrinkled, oblong leaves and in early spring, upward-facing white flowers with yellow centres

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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
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Primulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
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

Accepted

Horticultural Group
Primrose group primulas are mainly grown as herbaceous perennials, and produce clusters of flowers on individual stems from the basal rosettes, although a few may also have umbel-like flowers. They are either spring-flowering, if grown without protection, or winter- to spring-flowering, if grown as biennial container plants in greenhouses or indoors.

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How to grow

Cultivation

Best planted in dappled shade in humus-rich, moist neutral to acid soil

Propagation

Propagate by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Rock garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Garden edging
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

None required

Pests

Susceptible to leafhoppers, vine weevil, slugs and snails, caterpillars and aphids

Diseases

May be affected by primula brown core, grey mould, primula leaf spot and a virus

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