Primula marginata 'Kesselring's Variety' forms a compact mound with gray farina covered, serrated foliage and produces prolific mauve flowers with a white eye in early spring. Considered similar, if not identical, to “Pritchard’s Variety” although we observe a slightly different bloom time in our plants. Grow in partial sun in gritty, well drained soil with moderate water. Hardy to –20 degrees F. Primulaceae
Primula marginata is a variable species and a member of the subgenus Auriculastrum. It is native to the Maritime and Cottian Alps of SE France and Western Italy where it is found growing on shady limestone cliffs. Quite cold hardy when provided with excellent drainage, it can be grown outdoors in crevice gardens and walls, in tufa, troughs and other containers. Primula marginata also makes a beautiful potted plant and can be overwintered in a cool greenhouse where its farina covered foliage and spring flowers remain untouched by the elements.