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PlantFiles: Primula, Primrose
Primula cockburniana

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula (PRIM-yew-luh) (Info)
Species: cockburniana (kok-burn-ee-AH-nuh) (Info)

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jrtinker On Aug 10, 2011, jrtinker from Palmer, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

This plant has proved hardy to zone 4a. It has been reliably perennial for me for 5 years, and has survived a couple of pretty rough winters. The mature plant is easy to propagate by division in early spring.

Positive Todd_Boland On Dec 5, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is another candelabra primrose that looks like P. bulleyana except the flowers are distinctly dark orange rather than yellowish-orange. It needs moist to wet soil to thrive. It is native to SW Szechuan where it grows in marshy alpine meadows at 2900-3500 m elevation.

Positive cinemike On Aug 10, 2004, cinemike from CREZIERES
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a charming primula, combining elements of true alpine species with miniature candelabra flower structure. You really need quite a few of them to make a show.


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

Palmer, Alaska
Wilmington, Delaware
Sherwood, Oregon

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