Allioni's primrose

Primula allionii | Also known as: Primula glutinosa | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A tiny, compact, evergreen flowering perennial, primula allionii is not generally chosen for its foliage. It makes a far greater impression when flowering, producing a carpet of large, saucer-shaped pink or white blossoms in winter. Commonly known as allioni’s primrose, its rosettes of small, leathery, ovate grey-green leaves pack together to form a compact mat. It thrives in well-drained alkaline soil, but is best to cultivate indoors. For best growth, pot it in loamy alpine compost and water without wetting foliage. It is happiest in conservatories and greenhouses, but outdoors, be sure to find a dry, sheltered spot. Pruning used flowerheads is advised.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.07 - 0.1
Spread [m]
  • 0.2
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late winter
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Foliage in winter
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
  • root cuttings
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Rosette
Environment
Acidity
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years