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Primula elatior
Primula elatior
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Primula elatior

True Oxlip

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 1.444.090

The true Oxlip is not to be confused with the false cowslip (Primula × polyantha) or cowslip (Primula veris) which look similar but are more common. This beautiful selection bears upright stems with clusters of nodding, soft-yellow trumpet, fragrant flowers, that nod to one side, in mid-spring held above a rosette of bright green leaves. A favourite to gardeners who are familiar with it. Certainly an easy Primrose to please, happy in average to heavy soils and a partial shade exposure. Excellent in containers and window boxes. This associates well with a wide range of spring flowering bulbs, as well as other rock garden species, especially blue Pulmonaria and Brunnera. Will tolerate full sun in cool summer regions. Easily divided in early fall.

Further details for
Primula elatior

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Creamy Yellow
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Late Spring
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
   25-30 cm
   10-12 inches
   25-30 cm
   10-12 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.