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Primula allionii is one of my favourite alpine primulas. It only reaches a height of about 2in (5cm) but will spread to form a large hummock about 6in (15cm) across.

The leaves are strangely sticky and during March and April these tiny hummocks are literally covered in white, red or purple flowers with a pale or near-white centre, each flower measuring up to 1in across. Primula allionii may react badly to soggy conditions during the winter so they need to be kept under glass, or have a roof made over it, using a sheet of glass.

It also helps if you grow it in a well-drained, gritty compost as it needs much less moisture than its border-dwelling relatives. John Innes No 1 with extra grit works well.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Greenwood, Pippa
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 5, 1997
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