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Primula obconica is often confused with:
Primula elatior Primula elatior
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Lobelia siphilitica Form
Thymus vulgaris Thymus vulgaris
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis

Primula obconica

Phonetic Spelling
PRIM-yew-lah ob-KON-ih-kah
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

A tender perennial herb having basal, simple, elongated, glandular haired leaves. The flowers are terminal on a naked stem, 5-parted, funnel-shaped, pale lilac or purple with a yellow eye.  They bloom indoors when other plants are dormant, winter into early spring.  They need cool conditions and indirect sunlight for optimum performance.  After the flowers fade, keep in a cool place to encourage future blooming.  They can also be cut back and placed in a shady spot outdoors, but by doing so, the plant may not survive or flower again. A peat-based potting soil works best.

Its leaves are covered with tiny hairs that secrete a toxic substance.  If the leaves are touched, an immediate irritation can occur, forming blisters.  Wearing gloves while handling this plant is the best procedure to avoid direct contact.

In frost-free locations, it can be planted as an outdoor plant, however, should be planted out of direct sunlight.  It can also be treated as an annual in areas that are subject to winter frost.

The fungal disease botrytis may affect this plant.  Good air circulation around the plant will help prevent this disease.  Root rot, damping off and crown rot may cause the plant to wilt and die.  Dispose of affected plants.

Its fruit is in the form of a capsule.

In addition to its effect on humans, this plant is toxic to cats, dogs, and horses if ingested.  May cause vomiting.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#houseplant#perennial#low maintenance#herb garden#tender perennial#long bloom time
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#houseplant#perennial#low maintenance#herb garden#tender perennial#long bloom time
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Primula
    Species:
    obconica
    Family:
    Primulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Wildlife Value:
    Toxic if ingested
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herb
    Houseplant
    Poisonous
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    2-3 stalks with umbel (umbrella) flower clusters, terminal on a naked stem, 5-parted, funnel-shaped, pale lilac or purple with a yellow eye. Bloom indoors in winter and spring.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Velvety
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Elliptical
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Heart-shaped, basal, simple, elongated, with glandular hairs
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Naturalized Area
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Allergic skin irritation (redness, blisters, swelling), mainly on hands and face, following contact.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Primin, a benzoquinone; primetin, a flavone
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves
    Stems