Drumstick Primula

Drumstick Primula

The drumstick primula begins flowering from mid-spring through to summer, with flower stems pushing up through bare soil. As long as they are grown somewhere sheltered from late frosts, the flowers open out into traditional White, pink or purple spheres on sticks. Plants continue flowering for a couple of months, with later flowers coinciding with the neat mini shuttlecock-shaped rosettes of foliage. 



Plant drumstick primulas with primroses and crocuses for an early spring feast, and multiply your plantation either by dividing up and replanting the rosettes immediately after flowering or else by root cuttings.

Few gardeners bother with this method of propagation, which is a shame. It’s dead easy and best accomplished when the plants are dormant in winter. Dig up one or two of them and wash the soil from the roots.

Then, taking care to notice which way up the roots are, cut the fattest ones into sections an inch long, making a flat cut at the top and sloping one at the bottom to remind you of their polarity.

Insert the cuttings a few inches apart and in a tray of sandy compost, and place the tray in a cold frame. New growth will emerge in spring and, once they are established, the plants can be potted up or planted out.


Common Name: Drumstick primula
Genus: Primula
Species: denticulata
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/lightAcidicMoist
Height: 45cm
Spread: 45cm
Time to divide plants: September to April


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