Fairy primrose is a member of the Primula family. Its botanical name is Primula malacoides.
The leaves of this species contain primulin… the substance which causes the serious and painful ‘primrose itch’ so be careful to limit contact with skin.
This is a candelabra type primrose.
Fairy primrose is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
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Keep soil moist at all times. Keep out of strong sunlight and high heat. Leaves contain primulin which can cause skin irritation… sometimes quite severe.Plant in a location that enjoys dappled sun and remember to water often. Fairy primrose needs a loamy and peat-rich soil with a ph of 5.0 to 6.0 (moderately acidic soil - weakly acidic soil). Fairy primrose is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.
Requires light to germinate. Do NOT cover seed.
Usually grown under glass. Not frost tolerant.Fairy primrose is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Fairy primrose so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Fairy primrose so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Fairy primrose plants:
18 Apr 2012
This semi-tropical annual primrose is a real keeper. Blooms in late winter or early spring. Day-length sensitive. Fragrance similar to rock cress. Candelabra type scapes. Leaves contain primulin.