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White Primula (alpine)

yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782




Hello everybody.  Anyone know their white primula?  I bought three little white plants in pots yesterday which had no labels.  I bought them because I thought they might be Primula sieboldii 'Alba'.  I had bought two last year which were tiny plugs and are only now coming up with flowers and little new foliage.

However, the new plants from yesterday look much tougher with flower panicles (?) slightly different although the leaves look pretty similar but darker and tougher.  I'm thinking these are probably not the sieboldii 'Alba' but something similar.  Whatever they are I love them.

Does anyone know their primulas enough to be able to tell if they are in fact the same plants or something different?  Thank you.



  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    From a distance it looks like a Verbena. I cant get a close up enough of the 1st one to see the leaves though unfortunately.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,996

    Unfortunately it will not let me see the larger version of the images. But from a distance they look more like P. japonica alba.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,270

    The first picture shows leaves growing from the flower stem, which makes me think of verbena - don't think primulas do that do they? 

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  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Same Dove, I have never seen any Primula do that either and the flower heads look like Verbena too.

  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782




    I think Verbena looks likely to me.  I dashed out after a heavy shower this afternoon and took clearer photos of both and they certainly are not that similar.  The one with the dark foliage and is more bushy is as you say likely a Verbena.  The one with only two long stems and light green thin foliage overpowered by the Aquilegia patch is the Primula.  It's difficult to see the how delicate the Primula is as everything has had such a soaking in the afternoon showers.

    Thanks so much for the responses.  I had lovely Peaches n' Cream Verbena in a tub last year which were beautiful and I'd completely forgotten how lovely they are in such a range of colours.


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