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(Primula auricula)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Primula auricula

When growing in the right conditions this species and its cultivars make a good ground cover[208]. They are best spaced about 30cm apart each way[208].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are used as a remedy for coughs[4]. Used in the treatment of headaches[61].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Sow stored seed in early spring in a cold frame. Germination is inhibited by temperatures above 20¡c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in autumn.
Prefers a freely-draining moderately fertile humus-rich sandy loam[200]. Prefers an alkaline soil[188]. Grows well in heavy clay soils[208]. Dislikes dry soils[200]. Requires some shelter from the summer sun[1, 200]. Grows well in the shade of a north wall but does not like growing under trees[208]. A very ornamental and polymorphic species[1]. The flowers are sweetly honey-scented[245].
Europe – Alps and Carpathian mountains.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.