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Orchid Primrose | Primula Vialii

Striking conical spikes of lilac

Orchid Primrose

    • Looking like mini red hot pokers, these unusual primulas have cone shaped spikes covered in lilac flowers, which open from red buds to create a two-tone effect
    • A semi-evergreen perennial plant which is easy to grow and care for
    • Flowers throughout June and July
    • This eyecatching variety is so versatile - plant it in groups in wildlife gardens, wildflower meadows or pondsides. It's suitable for pots and for underplanting, and looks great teamed with hostas and ferns
    • RHS Plants for Pollinators and Award of Garden Merit winner

Orchid Primrose | Primula Vialii

Striking conical spikes of lilac
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Orchid Primrose

    • Looking like mini red hot pokers, these unusual primulas have cone shaped spikes covered in lilac flowers, which open from red buds to create a two-tone effect
    • A semi-evergreen perennial plant which is easy to grow and care for
    • Flowers throughout June and July
    • This eyecatching variety is so versatile - plant it in groups in wildlife gardens, wildflower meadows or pondsides. It's suitable for pots and for underplanting, and looks great teamed with hostas and ferns
    • RHS Plants for Pollinators and Award of Garden Merit winner

what to expect

Supplied as:

7 Plants in 9cm Aquatic Pots

Height on arrival:

Eventual height:

40-60cm

Eventual spread:

30cm
Spreads approx 30cm

Time to first crop:

Flower colour:

Purple
Light violet flowers opening from red buds

Habit:

Clump forming
Flower stems rise from compact clumps of foliage

Hardiness:

Fully hardy
H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)

Rootstock:

Spacing:

30cm
Plant 30cm apart to allow for spreading

how to grow

Good pest and disease resistance

Generally pest and disease resistant, but may occasionally be susceptible to slugs, aphids or grey mould. For slugs and snails, protect plants with a barrier of copper wire, crushed shells or fine grit if affected. For aphids, check the leaves regularly for any possible infestation. If you see some, pick the bugs off by hand and spray the infected area with some soapy water. You can also plant a companion plant nearby, such as Marigolds. These attract predatory insects such as ladybirds, that will eat the aphids. prevent fungal infections like grey mould, ensure that the plants are properly spaced and the area around them is kept clean of debris and weeds. Also ensure you water at the soil and try to prevent splashing from the soil onto the leaves.

Water regularly

Water the plants regularly to keep the ground constantly moist. If you are unsure, feel the soil with your hand. If it feels dry up to a fingernail deep then you can give the plant a watering. During very hot, dry spells you may have to water up to twice a day.

Partial shade to full sun

Does best in dappled or partial shade but can cope with a few hours of direct sun

Any moist soil

Thriving in any well-drained or poorly drained soil, this plant prefers neutral to acidic soil.

No feeding needed

This plant gets all the nutrients it needs from the soil https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0513/3428/3424/files/pruning_3x_4d3eaf73-f629-45e0-87a5-6f14f5f005fc.png?v=1613300981

For more care tips and ideas visit our Knowledge page

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