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Drumstick Primrose

Primula denticulata

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


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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!


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.