Primula auricula
'Earl Grey'

Primula auricula 'Earl Grey'

Dusky lavander double blooms with dark markings look quite sophisticated on this demure Primrose of our selection. Auricula Primroses have been popular in cultivation for over 300 years, & yet are sadly very hard to find here in the states. Our named selections were chosen from a crop of plants whose parentage had a high pedigree - show-quality cultivars from England. We’re not sure if our choices meet the bench standards of choosy Brits, but we find them utterly enchanting! It’s sweetly scented & easy to grow. This clone, like all Auriculas, prefers to be grown in cool conditions, in rockeries or pots, & with good drainage. We keep ours regularly top-dressed with a little compost in part shade. Ordinarily Primulas of this type are considered to be Spring bloomers, but because of our cool bayside weather they bloom off & on throughout the year! Evergreen, succulent rosettes grow from 4-10” tall & wide, larger with time & care.

Claire Woods

USDA Zones 3-11