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P. vialii is a rosette-forming herbaceous perennial to 40cm. Come mid June, flower spikes rise up to 2 feet (50 cm) from the clumps and open to show a stunning display or red cones covered in tiny purple flowers.

This is a truly striking plant and I have seen it used to great effect in a fantasy cottage garden with hostas, ferns and Astilbe chinensis ‘Vision in Purple’.  Also seen in our local Hillsborough Castle Walled Garden looking spectacular

Primula vialii

  • Vial’s primrose, orchard primrose

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