Fairy Primrose
Primula malacoides

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula (PRIM-yew-luh) (Info)
Species: malacoides (mal-a-koy-dees) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Biennials

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

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Merced, California

San Jose, California

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

San Antonio, Texas

San Marcos, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
1
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RatingContent
Positive

On Jan 14, 2013, Ron_Buddy from Williamsport, PA wrote:

I am a new visitor to the art of gardening, with an appreciation for flowering plants, their uniqueness, style and beauty. Recently, I have purchased three (3) Primrose
#4 flowering plants. They are small in these early stages of
their lives. They are currently in small pots 4 inches wide, in 4 inches of soil. I water them regularly, as they receive
moderate sunlight in our front living room window.

For future care-I would like to eventually re-pot them so
as to have them as 3 separate hanging baskets when Springtime emerges. I am open to helpful hints.

Thanks--Ron_Buddy

Negative

On Mar 27, 2010, otter47 from Livermore, CA wrote:

Unfortunately, the snails and slugs adore this plant and unless I hover over it and use lots of snail bait, it disappears. I have had more success growing it in hanging baskets, out of their reach. However, I much prefer the obconica primroses for their wider range of colors and foliage and flowers that are not nearly so esteemed by the gastropods.

Positive

On May 3, 2005, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

The sweetest of secret garden plants, very reliable, delicate and easy to grow.

Neutral

On Aug 29, 2002, Baa wrote:

An evergreen perennial from China.

Has hairy, pale green, ovate leaves with wavy margins. Bears hairy spikes of white, pale lavender to pinkish red flowers which may either be single or double.

Flowers December - March

This Primula isn't frost hardy at all and is often grown as an annual. It needs a cool, shaded, frost free greenhouse or be grown as a houseplant. Loves well drained, peaty, fertile soil in a spot which is lightly shaded most of the day.