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Friday, September 4, 2009

Primula Auricula


Full-on drop dead gorgeous

Auriculas growing in my greenhouse

Auriculas came to England with Hugenot Weavers when they were forced to flee France in the 16th century. The Primula was part of the flower collecting craze in the 17th century. Not to the same level as Tulipmania, where a Tulip bulb could cost as much as a house. Tulip bulbs were hung from the ceiling, in wire cages and also planted in wire cages so that rodents could not destroy them.
Auriculas are a species of Primrose, native to central Europe. I have not been successful in growing them from seed. However, there are several growers in the United States who will ship young plants.
Auriculas make their appearance in many fabrics, especially French and English chintzes, Meissen Porcelain and many Botanical Drawings.
Gina

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