Zones: 4 to 9?
Size: To 12" tall
Exposure: Part Shade
Purple to red flowers, nodding bell-shaped, on tall slender stems above the foliage, in spring. Light green leaves, roundish shape with serrated edges. Prefers moist soil.
From Bot. Repos.
It delights much in shade; is perfectly hardy; thrives best in a light but pure soil; as dung, or other mixtures, are apt to rot the roots when in a state of inaction; flowering in May and June, and producing seeds. But the surest mode of propagation is by the root, which may be divided with success about September.
Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 144 in 1753.
Native to Europe.
ARS-GRIN shows it as a synonym of Primula matthioli but Cortusa matthioli is shown as the accepted name elsewhere, with PlantList showing Primula matthioli as unresolved.
Also published in Bot. Repos. 1: 1 in 1797:
This beautiful little herbaceous plant, a native of the Germanic Alps, was known to, and described by all the elder, as well as modern botanical theorists...