The word Primrose comes from the French primerose and Latin prima rosa, meaning “first rose”. It grows as a ground cover in open woods and shaded hedgerows. To view the many varieties check out:
My wife just bought a non hardy variety from our grocery store and with its arrival came the feeling that spring is finally on its way. That’s how great these plants are! The common variety, my favorite, is called primula vulgares and has pale yellow flowers and is very hardy. There are many hybrids in all sorts of bright colors, including several shades of pink, red, yellow, purple and white. They double up and can and be easily divided. My second favorite variety is called Primula Japonica –Candelaba primrose. A gardening friend gave me a flat of small seedlings and they have thrived in a damp shady area. This variety blooms later on in early summer. I like to collect their seed and spread it about in the late fall. The first time I did this I got a profusion of new plants so now I do it every year.
I also like to dig them up and put them in terra cotta pots and bring them indoors. I find the plants cheer up the house and me as we wait for even warmer days to arrive.