European Alpine Primrose, Auriculastrum Primula
Primula latifolia

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula (PRIM-yew-luh) (Info)
Species: latifolia (lat-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Primula viscosa

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Collinsville, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 4, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This alpine primrose has the unique feature of having very sticky leaves (some P. hirsuta can have sticky leaves as well). The deep purple-violet flowers are produced in a nodding, one-sided cluster atop 6" stems. This plant prefers acidic soil. It hails from the Alps and the Pyrenees.