|Primrose plant pictures from the web|
In Gerard's Herbal - Historie of Plants by John Gerard, he talks about the Primrose in English gardens. He describes several but the most used two are: field cowslips and field Primrose.
|Gerard's Herbal can still be purchased|
(Amazon has them from $0.41
to about $6)
|Primrose - hortmag.com|
It's also important to realize the changes in identifying plants and cataloging their genesis as time progressed.
OK on to the holiday on primrose lane:
|Primrose plant from "Gardening Know How"|
If you want to have the perennial version, make sure you read the labeling carefully. Most cold hardy versions (and old varieties) are hardy to Zone 4. There's quite an extensive group of hybridized varieties.
The most popular varieties are classified as: Japanese, Cowslip, English, Polyanthus, Chinese, Julianna, and Moonlight - each with slightly different requirements. The Fairy and German Primrose should be considered annuals or houseplants in our hardiness zone.
|Select Seeds "Desert Sunset"|
Place the plants where they can slowly spread (by Rhizomes.) Plant where they get morning sun but are shaded in the afternoon heat. One recommendation is to plant in with your spring flowering bulbs.
The plants are one of the first to bloom in early spring. They come in a wide range of colors: white, yellow, orange, red, blue, pink, purple and combinations of several. Once the flowers are brown and dry, cut entire flower stalk back and it may rebloom.
|Select Seeds "Primrose Cowslip"|
And I'll go out of this story singing George Callender and Wayne Shankin's:
Life's a holiday on Primrose Lane
Just a holiday on Primrose Lane