Primula obconica

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

Primula obconica is a species of flowering plant in the family Primulaceae, native to China. It is a short-lived evergreen perennial growing to 40 cm (16 in) tall by 25 cm (10 in) broad, with rosettes of coarse, heart-shaped leaves, and thick stalks bearing umbels of lavender flowers in late winter and early spring.[1]

The specific epithet obconica means "inverted cone", referring to the convex flowers.

This is a tender plant which us usually grown annually as a houseplant or in a cool greenhouse. Numerous cultivars have been developed, of which 'Libre Magenta'[2] has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

The hairs on the leaves may cause allergic reactions.[3]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Primula obconica 'Libre Magenta'". Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "BBC plant finder - Primula obconica". Retrieved 1 July 2013.