Primula denticulata

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Primula denticulata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula
Species: P. denticulata
Binomial name
Primula denticulata

Primula denticulata (drumstick primrose) is a species of flowering plant in the family Primulaceae, native to moist alpine regions of Asia, from Afghanistan to south eastern Tibet, Burma and China. It is an herbaceous perennial growing to 45 cm (18 in) tall and wide, with rosettes of oval leaves and sturdy stems bearing spherical umbels of purple flowers in late spring and early summer.[1]

The specific epithet denticulata means "small-toothed", referring to the serrated leaf edges.[2]

A popular garden subject for deep moist soil in sun or partial shade, P. denticulata and its cultivars can be grown from seed.[3] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


P. denticulata is known to contain the contact allergens primin and other quinoid compounds.[5]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  3. ^ Buchan, Ursula (21 May 2005). "How to grow: Primula denticulata". Telegraph. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Primula denticulata". Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kew Gardens - Plants & fungi - Primula denticulata". Retrieved 28 May 2013.