| Primula glaucescens; photo by Todd Boland|
- Description and general information
- Primula glaucescens is endemic to the southern Alps of northern Italy, between Lakes Garda and Como. In the wild it grows in moist, humus-rich limestone cracks, slopes and banks.
- This species belongs to the Auriculastrum section which includes the popular P. auricula and P. hirsuta. This primrose has very distinct foliage; the stiff, evergreen leaves are smooth with cartilaginous margins, somewhat similar to finger-nails. The pink to lilac flowers have pale eyes and are held in small clusters atop 5-15 cm stems.
- This primrose requires well-drained yet moist, humus-rich soil in a position that is shaded from the afternoon sun. Alkaline soil is preferred.
- Bloom period
- March in the south to June in northern areas.
- Propagation is by seed,division and cuttings.
- Seed sown at 20 C should germinate within 3 months.
- After flowering, large plants may be dug and divided into smaller pieces.
- After flowering, cuttings about 5 cm long may be taken. Remove living and dead leaves from the lower 2 cm of the stem. Allow the cut end to callous befoe striking them in a peat-sand mix. Place them in a cool, shaded area. They should root within a few weeks and provide plants for setting out by late summer or early fall.
- 1. Primulas, the Complete Guide by Mary A. Robertson.
- 2. The Genus Primula, the Cultivation and the Wild by Josef H. Halda.
Created by Todd Boland.
Last Modification: Tuesday 29 of May, 2012 17:54:59 CDT by Todd Boland.
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