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Border Auricula, Garden Auricula
Primula x pubescens

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


Alpines and Rock Gardens



under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:



Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Pale Green



Maroon (Purple-Brown)


White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer




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


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

Seward, Alaska

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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 ... read more