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    Drumstick Primrose

    Primula denticulata

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    Drumstick Primrose (Primula denticulata) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Drumstick Primrose flowers

    Drumstick Primrose flowers

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Drumstick Primrose (Primula denticulata) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Drumstick Primrose in bloom

    Drumstick Primrose in bloom

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Drumstick Primrose (Primula denticulata) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Drumstick Primrose in bloom

    Drumstick Primrose in bloom

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Plant Height:  4 inches

    Flower Height:  12 inches

    Spacing:  6 inches

    Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  3a

    Other Names:  Himalayan Primrose, Cowslip, Polyanthus

    Ornamental Features

    Drumstick Primrose features delicate panicles of lilac purple star-shaped flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the stems in early spring. Its small serrated oval leaves remain lime green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Drumstick Primrose is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Drumstick Primrose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Rock/Alpine Gardens
    • Border Edging
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Drumstick Primrose will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

    This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden 
    Applications
    Flowers  Texture 
    Ornamental Features

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