Primula denticulata, sometimes referred to as drumstick primula, is an easy care perennial that looks like a lollipop. This is an under-utilized plant that deserves a spot in everyone’s garden. Hardy in zones 3b to 9b, it grows only 12 inches tall. However, many gardeners have experienced seeing it reach 18 inches, as well. It will grow in full sun to part shade and prefers a well drained, moist soil. It blooms from mid spring to early summer in many refreshing shades of white, carmine, deep blue, lilac, lavender, blue, pink and purple. In addition to the originality of its appearance, this perennial cheers up a flowerbed when little else is blooming.
There is a beauty and delicateness to this plant that is lost if it is seen from a distance. Place it in the front of the flower border, or along a path, where it will be appreciated up close. In the flower bed, plant Primula denticulata in groups of three of a kind so that the color will project.
Because it blooms at the beginning of the season, when most gardeners undertake their first nursery expedition, it is the first perennial to be sold out. Shop early to avoid disappointment.