Primula auricula | Also known as: Fancy show auricular, Show auricular | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Mountain cowslip, bear’s ear – call it whatever part of an animal’s anatomy you like, this beautiful yellow little primrose is a delightful addition to anyone’s flowerbeds.

Primula auricula is also known as Bears' Ears due to the shape of the leaves resembling the ears of a bear. The word 'auricula' actually means 'ear shaped'. This plant grows among rocks in the mountain ranges of central Europe. It's a small evergreen flowering plant, growing up to about 8 inches in height. The flowers grow in clusters on top of the stalks. It has been given a RHS Award of Garden Merit. There are many varieties of primula auricula with various colours, some multi-coloured. They don't like to get too wet nor do they like too much full sun. The alpine varieties are easier to grow than the show varieties, so bear this in mind when you're choosing your primula auriculas.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.2
Spread [m]
  • 0.25
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Foliage in winter
  • Grey-green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
  • root cuttings
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Rosette
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • For birds & bees
  • Roses & classics
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Containers
  • City
  • Gravel garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Edging
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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