Definition of primula in English:



  • A plant of a genus that includes primroses, cowslips, and polyanthuses. Many kinds are cultivated as ornamentals, bearing flowers in a wide variety of colours in the spring.

    • ‘It is time to plant out the primulas and primroses potted up from the garden when they finished flowering in late spring.’
    • ‘In the 18th century, the unassuming, humble terracotta flower pot was used to grow, amongst other things, auricula primulas.’
    • ‘The white winter flowering heather and pink cyclamen had faded but were soon replaced by violas, primulas and grape hyacinth.’
    • ‘Underneath are Himalayan poppies Meconopsis, primulas and trilliums, many of them also collected from the wild.’
    • ‘Their favourite was the rose, followed by hellebores, peonies, clematis, magnolias, lilies, euphorbias, primulas, snowdrops, geraniums.’
    • ‘Around this time of year, there is a good show of daffodils, tulips, primroses, primula, helibores orientalis and other spring flowers.’
    • ‘Other jobs include dividing primulas and polyanthus once they have finished flowering.’
    • ‘A large variety of shrubs have already been planted in the garden including thistles, dogrose, wild primulas and teasel.’
    • ‘Polyanthus primulas and pansies make for a reliable show.’
    • ‘Spring flowering plants that grow well in baskets located in a sunny spot include alyssum, lobelia, pansies, primulas and bedding begonias.’
    • ‘Divide primula and polyanthus after flowering, and move any that are badly placed’
    • ‘One of the most valuable of these spring flowering perennials is the primula.’
    • ‘Superb instant effects can be achieved by using semi-advanced seedlings of annual flowers such as lobelia, marigolds, pansies and primulas, which are all low-growing and suitable for containers.’
    • ‘Following our pale primrose are the Wanda primulas, very attractive plants with very dark, often evergreen, crinkled leaves and rich flowers in shades of purple, pink and red as well as white and yellow.’
    • ‘And everywhere I look there are primulas and polyanthus showing their bright little flowers.’
    • ‘The garden is full of marigolds, pansies, dahlias, primulas and nasturtiums, as well as shrub roses and climbers.’
    • ‘The combination of bedding plants such as primulas, violas and forget-me-nots, combined with bulbs such as hyacinth and dwarf tulips, can make a very bright and attractive display.’
    • ‘You can use a combination of plants: primulas, cyclamen, heathers and ivy are all useful for winter colour.’
    • ‘Hardy spring bedding such as forget-me-nots, primulas, wallflowers, sweet williams and violas can be planted to fill gaps left by the removal of summer bedding.’
    • ‘A plaque was also donated and primulas were planted at the garden which will bloom each year.’


Modern Latin, from medieval Latin, feminine of primulus, diminutive of primus first.