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Primula denticulata

Primula denticulata, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Ordo: Ericales

Familia: Primulaceae
Subfamilia: Primuloideae
Genus: Primula
Subgenus: P. subg. Aleuritia
Sectio: P. sect. Denticulata
Species: Primula denticulata
Subspecies: P. d. subsp. sinodenticulata

Primula denticulata Sm. (1805:109)

Smith, J.E. 1805–1808. Exotic Botany, vol. 2. R. Taylor and Co, London. 122 pp. gBooks. Reference page.


International Plant Names Index. 2017. Primula denticulata. Published online. Accessed: Oct. 14 2017.
The Plant List 2013. Primula denticulata in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Oct. 14. 2017. Primula denticulata. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 14 Oct. 2017.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Primula denticulata in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.
Eveleigh, P. 2003-2012: Primula denticulata in Primula World, a visual reference for the genus Primula. Published on internet. Accessed: 2017 Oct 14.

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Kugelprimel
English: Drumstick primula
français: Primevère sphérique
svenska: Bollviva

Primula denticulata, the drumstick primula, is a species of flowering plant in the family Primulaceae, native to moist alpine regions of China (S Xizang), Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Kashmir, N Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.[1] It is an herbaceous perennial growing to 45 cm (18 in) tall and wide, with rosettes of oval leaves and sturdy stems bearing spherical umbels of purple flowers in late spring and early summer.[2] Flowers can also be lavender, pink, or white in colour.[3]

The specific epithet denticulata means "small-toothed", referring to the serrated leaf edges.[4] The plant's common name, drumstick primula, refers to the spherical shape of the inflorescence, above an erect stem.[3]

A popular garden subject for deep moist soil in sun or partial shade, P. denticulata and its cultivars can be grown from seed.[5] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6][7]

Primula denticulata is known to contain the contact allergens primin and other quinoid compounds.[8]


"Primula denticulata". Flora of China. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
"Primula denticulata 'Ronsdorf' - Plant Finder". Retrieved 2021-12-16.
Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
Buchan, Ursula (21 May 2005). "How to grow: Primula denticulata". Telegraph. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
"RHS Plant Selector - Primula denticulata". Retrieved 23 February 2020.
"AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 81. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
"Primula denticulata". Plants of the World Online. Kew Science. Retrieved 14 November 2019.

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