Auricula ‘Pinstripe’

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I bought this adorable little Primula aricula ‘Pinstripe’ the other day at the Ontario Rock Garden Society sale. It was the one plant purchased there that I didn’t really need, but couldn’t bear to leave behind.

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I’m currently keeping it in a little hypertuffa pot I made years back (molded around a plastic drinking cup), until I can find a new spot for it. Ariculas have a very dedicated, if not somewhat obsessive following and I’m probably breaking all sorts rules and generally freaking people out by growing it in this way — and top-dressing with grit no-less. However, it’s my first and I’m thinking of this as a learning experience/experiment.

Overall, I’m very taken with it and will be sad when the blooms have finished.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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7 thoughts on “Auricula ‘Pinstripe’

  1. “Auricula or bear’s ear (from the shape of its leaves), is a species of primrose that grows on basic rocks in the mountain ranges of central Europe, including the western Alps, Jura, the Vosges, the Black Forest and the Tatra mountains.”

    Hi Gayla, I got this from Wikipedia.
    Sounds like you are doing the right thing. They are probably tougher than they look.

  2. Have never seen anything like it. Can understand the impossibility of leaving it behind. Very fascinating plant.
    Good luck with it!

  3. I’ve never seen an Auricula primrose this colour, mine are red and yellow. They are very tough. They survived in my zone 2 garden and are doing great in my zone 3 garden.

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