February 8, 2023
Primula auricula 'Dale's Red'

Primula auricula 'Dale's Red' at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, UK

Primula auricula ‘Dale’s Red’ is part of the Primulaceae family of plants. It is an evergreen perennial. They commonly call it Primrose ‘Dale’s Red’, Bear’s Ears ‘Dale’s Red’, Garden Auricula Primrose. It is native to the Alps in Europe.

Primula auricula 'Dale's Red'
Primula auricula ‘Dale’s Red’ at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, UK

It forms a rosette of light green leaves. The cluster of flowers grows on a stem about 20cm or 8in tall. It flowers in mid to late spring. Flowers are velvety red, dusty white at the base, and yellow in the center. They are fragrant with light spicy fragrance.

How to grow Primula auricula ‘Dale’s Red’:

Grow Primula auricula ‘Dale’s Red’ in partial shade. Plant it in rich, fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Watch out for aphids, leafhoppers, vine weevil, slugs, mites, and grey mold. Deadhead the flowers and remove damaged leaves.

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