Primula vialii (Orchid primrose)

Full Shade
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained
Soil Type:
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Plant Overview

A striking primula with tall poker-shaped red tipped lilac pink flowers from May to the end of September. Plants die back completely in winter and then grow quickly in spring.

A tough primula which will grow anywhere which is not bone dry and prefers damp or wet soil in dappled shade. Perfect for pond and stream margins, but will also grow well in the border or even a container.

Loved by bees, butterflies and moths. 

Height: 60cm

Common name(s): Vial's primrose, Orchid primrose, Red-hot poker primrose

This alpine plant may be supplied in a 7cm or 9cm pot, depending on the time of year.


All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.