AGS Shows: Primula edelbergii PC
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Kew sent Primula edelbergii to the Rock Garden Plant Committee at the RHS London Show on 11 March. It received a Preliminary Commendation. This species comes from Afghanistan and is in section Sphodylia, along with P. verticillata and P. floribunda. The golden yellow flowers are held in whorls on the stem, which can reach 30 cm tall.
...I meant section Sphondylia!
Thank you Richard for the pictures of Primula edelbergii. This is probably the most hardy of the Sphondylias and has survived -9C here under glass planted out in the plunge (with some damage!). It has only beed found twice in the wild, in two gorges in eastern Afghanistan. I doubt if it will be reintroduced for a bit! As will be clear from the photos this is only one of three Sphondylias primulas that is heterostylous (pins and thrums). However, it is quite self-fertile, but only sets seed when pollination is achieved, i.e. the distance from the anthers to the stigma is too great for automatic self-pollination. John Richards