Primula obconica

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Primula obconica
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula
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.[3]

The hairs on the leaves may cause allergic reactions.[4]


  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. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 81. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ "BBC plant finder - Primula obconica". Retrieved 1 July 2013.