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PlantFiles: Double Flowered Primrose
Primula 'Sue Jervis'

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula (PRIM-yew-luh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sue Jervis

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

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

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kniphofia On Apr 20, 2005, kniphofia from Morpeth
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I grew this little treasure in England when I lived there. I'd love to find it again.

These doubles are so sweet.

Neutral Baa On Mar 17, 2003, Baa wrote:

A hybrid cultivar with a similar growing habit to one of it's ancestors, Primula vulgaris-Primrose.

Has rosettes of dark green, wrinkled and veined leaves. Bears small, double, apricot/salmon coloured flowers which age to a flesh pink/buff colour, they have the appearance of tiny rosebuds. Has a very faint scent.

Flowers repeatedly but mainly February to April

Loves a moist but well-drained, leafy, neutral to acid soil in sun to light shade. They will cope with alkaline soils but prefer slightly acid.

The plant is very hardy and long lived but the blooms spoil in wet weather.

May be subject to snail and slug damage.


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

Piedmont, Missouri
Shoreline, Washington

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