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PlantFiles: Drumstick Primrose
Primula denticulata

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula (PRIM-yew-luh) (Info)
Species: denticulata (den-tik-yoo-LAH-tuh) (Info)

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15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Malus2006 On Apr 7, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Like most Primroses, they may look good the first summer for me and then die during the winter season.

Positive Bellisgirl On Feb 8, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

This plant is adorable and unusual. I love them! Have huge leaves, tall stems with orbs of flowers perched on top. I purchased two of them on sale about four years ago. I have a magenta and a lilac colored one. I have since been able to divide them, and have several now of each. Highly recomend it!

Neutral Baa On Feb 10, 2002, Baa wrote:

A neat perennial from Afganistan to China.

Has rosettes of oblong or spoon shaped, mid green, toothed, leaves with a white meal underneath. Bears drum stick shaped flower heads with trumpet shaped, purple, red-violet or white flowers with yellow eyes.

Flowers March-June

Likes a moist, well drained, humus rich soil in full sun or light shade. Very hardy and if in moist soil withstands quite a lot of neglect.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Parker, Colorado
Shelton, Connecticut
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Freehold, New Jersey
Molalla, Oregon
Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon
Barto, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Kalama, Washington
Puyallup, Washington
Sequim, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

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