Primula veris L.
Cowslip, Common Cowslip, Primevère Officinale (French), Echte Schlüsselblume (German), Wiesen-Schlüsselblume (German), Pervocvet Vesennij (Transliterated Russian), Gullviva (Swedish)
Bloom Time: Spring
Primula veris is a semi-evergreen perennial plant with a rosette of green, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) wide leaves. The rosettes grow up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall and are nearly equal in diameter. Flowers are fragrant, deep yellow, and appear in clusters of up to 30 in spring. They are bell-shaped and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) across.
How to Grow and Care
Potted indoor Primulas are a delightful way to usher out winter or welcome in the spring. They are available in a wide range of striking colors, forming a mass of flowers. Most people prefer the taller, upright delicate Primulas indoors, but even a pot of common Primula is a nice addition. Extend the flowering season by pinching off dying buds. After the plant has done blooming, consider moving it outside. While inside, do not overwater; wilting even though the plant is getting water is a sign of root rot.
It's unlikely you'll be repotting your potted Primula. If you do, make sure not to bury them too deep—burying too deep is a prime reason Primula succumb. Bury the plants, so the top of the root ball is slightly elevated above the surrounding soil level. Never pile soil up around the stem of a flowering plant.
They are propagated from seeds that are sown directly in soil or potting media. Most pots of indoor Primula are purchased as flowering plants, destined to be set atop a desk, sill, or table until they're done flowering.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Primula.
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