Yellow-eyed, blueish purple flowers open in small bunches, on short stems sprouting from minute rosettes of grey leaves in May and sometimes there is a second flowering in July. These rare, tiny primulas grow only in Caithness in the North of Scotland along with one or two sites in Orkney, and they are closely related to the Arctic species Primula stricta and Primula scandinavica.
Primula seeds may be sown in good light conditions at any time onto a loam-based compost, barely cover so that around 50% are still visible. We never use artificial heat, primulas are COOL germinators! As a rule best temperatures are usually between 10 and 15 degrees C. (e.g. a cool greenhouse or northerly window sill) PLEASE NOTE: Temperatures exceeding 15 C can prevent germination, and above 20 C expect very little germination as seeds can go dormant as a protective measure. Germination can take up to 6 weeks, but sometimes takes much longer.
Common name:Scottish Primrose