Primula pulverulenta

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Primula pulverulenta
Primula pulverulenta 1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula
Species: P. pulverulenta
Binomial name
Primula pulverulenta

Primula pulverulenta, the mealy cowslip,[1] is a species of flowering plant in the family Primulaceae, native to damp habitats in China. It is an herbaceous perennial growing to 100 cm (39 in) tall by 60 cm (24 in) broad, with strong stems of deep pink flowers arising from basal rosettes of leaves in early summer. The flowers are grouped at intervals along the stem in a tiered formation,[2] hence the common name "candelabra primula" which is often applied to this and other species with a similar arrangement.

The specific epithet pulverulenta, meaning "dust", refers to the mealy white layer (farina) covering the stems of the plant.[3]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Primula pulverulenta". Retrieved 28 May 2013.