Primula pondering.


This Primula acaulis ‘Hethor’ recently came home with me from the grocery store (alongside a kingsize chocolate bar we won’t talk about).  Although not quite as flashy as the Polyanthus I bought last year, it is a bright splash of colour on the windowsill while my African violets rest after a long blooming period.

P. acaulis is hardy to zone 4 and so I’d be pushing the envelope just a bit, but I think I’m going to save it over if I can and plant it out in the spring.  I already grow primulas in the garden – a smooth-leaved variety I believe may be P. rubra (a friend gave me the plants years ago and she didn’t know what they were), so this P. acaulis will be a good companion.  It’s worth a try, anyway.

Do you grow primulas?


  1. I love all primula, I have just bought 3 plants of P , gold lace ,put them in a terracotta pot and put them on a table outside my backyard door. Nice to look at when I get up in the mornings. Love the brilliant blue of your primula.

  2. I have noticed primulas in the stores and have been contemplating buying a few to add some colour to the kitchen. There are so many different colours to choose from! I will pick up a large chocolate bar too once in a while when I go grocery shopping.

    • They are a nice plant to brighten the room at this time of year, that’s for sure – and they’re pretty reasonably priced. An alternative to cut flowers, too!

      Some days a chocolate bar is a really good idea! 🙂

  3. Wow, that is a jazzy Primula and those chocolate bars are far too tempting! I grow cowslips here – Primula veris and over the years they have self seeded through one of my borders and are very welcome. We have a wonderful wildlife trust reserve near here too where Cowslips grow prolifically throughout one of the meadows, its a sight to behold.

  4. A very pretty one Sheryl… I brought home a deep red polyanthus last week, and it looks quite happy on my front steps… no hard frosts at the moment here. 😀 I also have a primula in the garden and later the cowslips will bloom.

      • There is one large clump of cowslips in the lawn where we avoid mowing until they have seeded, but they also grow at the edge of the woods all around us. And a few pop up in the rockery now and then too! I remember someone took me to see a whole field of them when I was younger – a gorgeous sight!

  5. They’re really cheery. Unfortunately they didn’t bloom well in my yard. When I first had a garden, I bought a 1/2 dozen at the market and enjoyed them inside for a few weeks until we thawed 😉 once outside, they seemed to stall. I don’t think they got enough light, but I’m not sure.

    • I think they must need a fair amount of sunshine, that’s true! I’m hoping I’ll be able to save it over, but I’m not sure if it will survive next winter – I have a sheltered spot but who knows for sure…. 🙂

    • I’m glad you liked the pink Polyanthus – it really appealed to me! The flowers lasted a surprisingly long time, too, which was really nice. Around this time of year, I get a little desperate for some bright colours. 🙂

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