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Primula auricula 'Minley' (Au/S)

auricula 'Minley'

'Minley' is an evergreen, perennial, fancy, show auricula up to 20cm tall with rosettes of pale green leaves. The flowers, produced in clusters on short stems in spring, have pale green petals feathered with dark pinky-red, white centres and greenish-yellow eyes

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

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Primulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
Skin allergen. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
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
Show Auricula group primulas have a distinct pure white circle in the centre of each flower. They can be single-coloured, edged with black feathering out to the margins, or fancy (edged with coloured feathering).

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow show auriculas in pots in an alpine house or cold frame, in a mix of equal parts loam-based potting compost, leaf mould, peat or peat-substitute, and grit. Avoid wetting mealy flowers or leaves

Propagation

Propagate by division or by separating and rooting offsets, after flowering

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
Pruning

No pruning required but deadhead after flowering, and remove dead or damaged leaves as necessary

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, glasshouse red spider mite, slugs, leafhoppers and vine weevils

Diseases

May be susceptible to a virus, primula brown core and grey moulds

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