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PlantFiles: Border Auricula, Garden Auricula
Primula x pubescens

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Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula (PRIM-yew-luh) (Info)
Species: x pubescens (pew-BES-enz) (Info)

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Category:
Alpines and Rock Gardens
Perennials

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pink
Red
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green
Blue-Violet
Purple
Maroon (Purple-Brown)
Brown/Bronze
White/Near White
Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Evergreen
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
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:
Unknown - Tell us

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Weezingreens On Jul 22, 2006, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

These border auriculas are very hardy here in our USDA Zone 3 climate. They love our cool, moist growing season and never fail to reappear in the spring. I've seen the deep red ones in several gardens in Seward, but my favorites are the lavender one and the yellow/rust one I grew from seeds listed as a Douglas Prize mix.

Neutral Baa On Aug 30, 2002, Baa wrote:

These Primulas are hybrids between P. auricula and P. hirsuta. This cross sometimes occurs naturally where the two plants grow together in the wild.

These Auriculas have been bred in Europe for several hundred years. Their height of popularity in Great Britain was in the 17-1800's where there was stiff competition among the growers to breed for exhibition, it was a very popular past-time in the North of England for at least 100 years. Their popularity dropped off for a while except with the enthusiasts but have since gained interest among other gardeners.

They have umbels of velvety flowers in a large colour range with a white or yellow eye. The leaves are thick and fleshy, pale to mid-green sometimes covered in meal.

They like a moist but well drained soil in sun or light shade.

Very easy to grow, beautiful little dandies which may even give a second flush of flowers in the Autumn. There are many named cultivars to choose from as well as their unnamed, non-show standard seedlings which are sold cheaply.

They are extensively bred so the seedlings will not look much like their parents but sometimes come up with an interesting colour.

Regional...

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

Seward, Alaska



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