Guinevere primrose makes for lovely pink flower carpets for spring. (Richie Steffen photo)

Great Plant Pick: Primula ‘Guinevere’ aka Guinevere primrose

What: Primula “guinevere,” also known as guinevere primrose.

This pretty-in-pink primrose with bronze foliage is beautiful and long lived. Established clumps of primula “guinevere” march slowly outward. They are wonderful combined with other spring flowering perennials like wood anemones or anemone nemorosa, lathrus vernus and omphalodes cappidocica for lovely carpets of spring ephemerals in March and April.

It is a heavy feeder and fills in quickly with a yearly application of fertilizer. Slugs can damage the early flowers and foliage; use controls in late winter to prevent damage. It responds well to regular dividing and should be divided every three to four years for the best flowering and most vigorous plants. The best time to divide most primroses is in autumn through winter.

Size: It will grow up to 9 inches tall and spread to 2 feet wide.

Where: This primrose grows best in open to light shade and protected from hot afternoon sun. Grow it in rich moist to well-drained soil, although it can tolerate sand and clay if the site is moist.

Water: If the site is not wet or moist, water frequently.

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