I don’t have many seeds of this really great, little Primula but looking at the silvery, plump winter buds, I thought it would be a pity not to share them. Primula frondosa is a dwarf, farinose primrose that in the wild habitat grows on cliffs at 900-2000 m altitude, in partly shaded crevices.
It is very hardy and overwinter as a tight silvery rosette, very ornamental if not under snow. In the spring, the farinose leaves start unfolding and will later remain farinose only beneath. Very floriferous – in early spring it will form umbels with up to 30 delicate, pink flowers.
Sometimes mistaken for P. farinosa (and vice-versa), but P. farinosa has white-farina on both sided of the leaves, and it flowers much later.
Germination: very easy to grow from seeds (like other Primula spp.) and well adapted to garden conditions (part-shade/moist). If started very early, it will start flowering in the second year – very gratifying to grow from seeds!