Primula auricula

Maybe it is just because it is Spring, but I have been seeing all sorts of mentioned of auricula in the last week or so. Gardener’s World on the BBC had an entire segment on them and they have been popping up in my RSS feed reading, too (See 100 Flower : #031 Auriculas). I recently took my own photo of a Primula auricula here in the neighborhood. Most seem to like to raise auricula in pots and arrange them in little displays, but this is far too fussy for me. I could see one area of a raised bed perhaps or maybe a large, permanent container of them. They are quite cute and their is a wide variety of types to choose from.


Primula auricula, often known as auriculamountain cowslip or bear’s ear (from the shape of its leaves), is a species of flowering plant in the family Primulaceae, that grows onbasic rocks in the mountain ranges of central Europe, including the western Alps, Jura mountains, the Vosges, the Black Forest and the Tatra Mountains.

It is an evergreen perennial growing to 20 cm (8 in) tall by 25 cm (10 in) wide.[1] The leaves are obovate and stalkless, with a cartilaginous edge, all growing in a basal rosette, and sometimes covered in a mealy white bloom.[1] The yellow flowers grow in clusters on 5–20 cm (2–8 in) long stalks.

The specific epithet auricula means “ear-shaped”, and refers to the shape of the leaves.[2] Wikipedia

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Previously in the Interesting Plant series: 

Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas