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Fairy Primrose

Primula malacoides

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.

Blooms mature to 1.0 cm (that's 0.39 inches in imperial) in diameter, and produce a distinctive prominent honey, similar to rock cress scent. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 5. Fairy Primrose grows as an annual and is a flower / houseplant. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. This plant tends to bloom in late winter.

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.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Fairy Primrose have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Fairy Primrose

  • Dappled Sun

  • High

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.

See our list of companion Plants for Fairy Primrose to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Fairy Primrose from seed

Requires light to germinate. Do NOT cover seed.

Transplanting Fairy Primrose

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.

Common Fairy Primrose problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Fairy Primrose plants:

Other names for Fairy Primrose

Latest Fairy Primrose Reviews

  • 18 Apr 2012

    orientallily orientallily's Primrose, Fairy was Reviewed day

    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.

    4 stars

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