P. juliae is the species progenitor of many an award-winning hybrid Primula. An alpine from the Caucasus, it loves well-draining, moist, and cool conditions and would thrive in a rock garden (yes, not all rock gardens have to bake in the sun) or woodland circumstance. It blooms late winter through early spring, thickly covering 2-inch-tall clumps of deeply-veined, rounded leaves with magenta flowers. Petals are notched and the blooms have a small yellow eye.
Apparently, P.juliae was discovered by Julia Mloskossjewicz, daughter of the Polish aristocrat, botanist, and forest inspector Ludwig Mloskossjewicz in the Eastern Caucasus in perhaps 1900.
Mature size: 4 inches T x W
Minimum temperature: -30° F