Primula is a genus of more than 400 species of herbaceous perennials in the family Primulaceae, widely distributed throughout the world.
These early bloomers come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. They are one of the most popular ornamental plants. With their showy, bright, vibrant flowers that come in array of colors, Primulas are ideal for front borders, beds, edging, paths and walkways, shade gardens and rock gardens.
The genus name is derived from the Latin word “primus”, which means “first” or “early”, in reference to their appearance in early spring.
Primula is a sign that spring has arrived. It symbolizes youth, grace and young love.
Interesting facts about Primula:
What is The Primrose Path?
“The primrose path” is a phrase coined by Shakespeare (in Hamlet) to signify a way of life devoted to irresponsible hedonism. It is a simple allusion to a pleasant path to self-destruction.
Benefits and Uses
Primula has a rich history as a medicinal herb. It has been used in alternative medicine to treat gout, arthritis and rheumatism. It is also believed to calms the nerves, eases headaches, acts as a mild sedative and even heals paralysis.
Primula is an edible plant. All parts of the plant are edible, but people usually consume leaves, flowers and roots. Primula can be used in sweet dishes and salads, as well as to make syrups, teas and other beverages.
These flowers come in a wide range of colors, from blue, purple, green and orange to pink, red, yellow and white.
The species grows up to 60 cm (2 ft) in height.
Primulas prefer moist, but well drained soil and grow best in neutral or slightly acidic soil.