AKA The Poison Primrose

Meet the Primula Obconica, a plant that's as intriguing as its name. Also known as the German Primrose or the Poison Primrose, this plant is a paradox of beauty and danger, an ephemeral wonder that adds a dash of mystery to your garden.

Primula obconica

Deep Shade

Specific light requirements are not available.

Moderate Water Needs

This plant has moderate water needs.

Prefers Loamy or Sandy Soils

Best in loamy or sandy soils. Rocky soil may pose moderate challenges.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in acidic to neutral pH ranges.

Moderate Human Safety Concerns

This plant may cause irritation or mild reactions.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Primula obconica

The Primula Obconica stands at a modest height of 1-1.5 feet, with a similar width, making it a compact addition to your indoor or outdoor garden. Its leaves are a vibrant shade of lime, providing a refreshing contrast to the myriad of flower colors it produces. From azure to ecru, lemon to apricot, rose to plum, and even alabaster, the Poison Primrose is a riot of colors that can brighten up any space.

The Poison Primrose is a bit of a rebel. While most plants bloom in their designated seasons, this one likes to surprise you with off-season blooms, making it a delightful unpredictability in your garden.

Also known as

German primrose
Poison primrose


Despite its captivating beauty, the Poison Primrose is not edible. Its nickname isn't just for show; this plant can be harmful if ingested.

Our design recommendations

The Primula Obconica is perfect for group planting, adding a splash of color and intrigue to your garden. Its ornamental flowers make it a great choice for adding aesthetic appeal to your space. This plant is versatile and can be placed in a pot, used as a domestic plant, or even in a pocket garden. It's also a great addition to a grove or habitat space, adding variety and interest.