Rosettes of darkest green, shiny leaves, push up 18 inch stems which carry from two to six whorls of yellow-eyed, deep purplish-crimson flowers, each about an inch across. This stately primula lives high on the mountains of Szechwan and Yunnan in China.
Seeds can be sown at any time of the year into a sandy compost and covered thinly with sand or grit. No artificial heat is needed. The seed tray is best left in a cool spot and kept moist. Seeds generally germinate in the spring whenever they are sown but odd ones may come up at any time.