Primula vulgaris
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Primula vulgaris

Primula vulgaris

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Common Name: Common Primrose
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/W Exposure: Part Shade
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Blooms In: Apr
Mature Height: 6-8" Spacing: 8-10"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Fragrance: Yes Deer Resistance: Yes
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Spring visitors to the Farm are always enchanted by this especially pretty English Primrose (Primula vulgaris), so we occasionally divide our patch to share with customers. Its flowers, pale yellow with a bright yellow eye, stand on single stems just above a rosette of crinkled evergreen, oblong leaves.

The genus Primula includes some of the most endearing flowers of spring and has been a favorite of gardeners for as long as records have been kept. Most prefer peaty soils, lots of moisture, and partial to full shade, and they combine colors and forms in ways that will win your heart. In general, Primroses fare poorly in southern heat and humidity. Our plants are held in cold storage to discourage early bloom, but we are not always successful. These early breaks do not affect future performance in your garden and are not cause for alarm.

For more information on growing Primula, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. We also ship a wide range of containers and planters, tools, supplies, fertilizers, garden wear, garden decor items, as well as indoor decorations like wreaths and dried bouquets when available. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the green Shipping Details box for each item. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at the expected time of delivery.


We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 Reviews) Write a Review

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Love them, along with the deer!

I, too, am in love with these quintessentially English hedgerow plants and agree that they arrive in pristine condition, ready to be planted out. However, I must disagree with the statement that they are deer resistant. Here, deer like to graze the greens as soon as they appear and LOVE to eat the flowers. I have to put wire cages over my plants to keep them from being eaten.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

So so beautiful!!!

I ordered two Primula Vulgaris and they came today. Two perfect plants filled with blossom. I almost started crying they were so beautiful! I’ve never ordered plants thru the mail and gotten anything as great as these! I feel like I’ve been transported to Britain!

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Growing primula vuvgaris

I've had this lovely little primula for several years now. I bought it as primula vulgaris 36991. It's March 20 and it has been blooming for a couple of days now. I happily recommend this plant to any one. I will devide it this year. I have found all the primula vulgaris easy and reliable to grow.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

Great Spring show

Purchased spring 2014. Used some of the plants in a potted display for my conservatory as well as some in my woodland garden. The potted display put on a great spring show. Outside woodland garden suffered rabbit damage but appears to be recovering. Awaiting a spring performance.

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Excellent in all respects.

I wanted this to pair with foxgloves for an English Spring feel. Works fine.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

Growing guide

Growing guide
Print Grow Guide

Latin Name Pronunciation: prim'yew-la 

Plant all varieties except P. x pubescens in partial shade or shade; P. x pubescens grows best in full sun or partial shade here in Litchfield, CT. In cool coastal climates in the West, all Primroses can grow either in full sun or partial shade. 

P. x bulleesiana will thrive in boggy soil. P. x pubescens demands good drainage and prefers to be kept on the dry side in summer. The other Primroses we offer require moisture-retentive soil that drains well but must not be allowed to dry out.

Slugs may chew holes in the leaves; see "least toxic control" for suggested remedies.