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Life Cycle of Primrose Plants

Updated November 21, 2016

Primrose (Primula), a hardy perennial flower, is available in many different varieties. It comes in a range of beautiful and bold colours including yellows, reds, pinks and blues. Primrose is a native to Asia, Europe, North America and South America, according to the website Garden Hobbies.

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A spring-blooming perennial flower, most primrose plants grow 12 to 24 inches; however, depending upon the species, the stalks can grow 40 inches in height. The flower's sturdy stalk shoots upright to support the clustered ball of flowers.


According to the website Plant Guide, there are more than 350 species of primroses. Primroses can be planted from purchased seedlings or nursery-grown plants.


According to the website Garden Helper, primrose is a self-pollinator, reseeds eagerly and favours cool, moist, shady areas. Newly purchased plants are set into the garden in early spring. Seedlings can be sowed into the flower garden after the last frost. Once plants are established, they will flourish all summer long with little or no attention.


Remove any dead leaves from the plant to encourage a healthy growing cycle.


A mature primrose plant has a natural life cycle of two years, according to the website Garden Guides. The primrose will go dormant in the winter.

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