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Primula auricula 'Kingfisher'

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula (PRIM-yew-luh) (Info)
Species: auricula (aw-RIK-yoo-luh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kingfisher

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Terri1948 On May 8, 2011, Terri1948 from Yorkshire

Show Auriculas are grown by enthusiasts and most of them (apart from the older, more hardy varieties) are not suitable for growing in your garden borders.
They are usually grown individually in small terracotta pots.
They are then displayed one a shelved structure known as an auricula theatre.
Enthusiasts are constantly coming up with new colors and petal shapes. There are some amazing variations.
To grow well Auriculas need light, cool, airy conditions. They dislike being in the full sun. They also dislike wet conditions.
Water spots will ruin the appearance of the Auriculas that have floury textures foliage.
Auriculas will withstand cold conditions and can be overwintered in a cold greenhouse. Water them only occasionally during Winter to stop them drying out completely.
Happy Auriculas will increase by sending out side growth. You can leave these until they form roots before removing from the parent plant. Alternatively, remove them and dip in rooting compound before potting them up.
With care and a little 'know how' it is quite easy to increase these beautiful plants.

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