Primula vulgaris BUTTERCUP ('Kerbelbut' PP16373)

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Series Name: BELARINA® Series
Common Name: Primrose

BELARINA® primroses are refined beauties that completely embody the joy and hope that spring offers.  Their sizable double blossoms in a rainbow of colors bloom profusely throughout the spring season atop the compact, bright green foliage.  Sterile flowers result in plants that are particularly long blooming. 

Though they are perfectly hardy in the landscape, be sure to plant a few in combination containers and windowsill pots where you can view their gorgeous flowers up close. 

BUTTERCUP bears fragrant, butter yellow, double blossoms with a leafy collar. It blooms a bit earlier than some others in the series.

Breeder: David and Priscilla Kerley of Cambridge, England

Origin: Not Native to North America


  5-8 Inches
  10-12 Inches
Flower Color:
  Yellow Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Consistent water needs
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Early Spring
  Late spring
How's your soil?:
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:


Bog plant
Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Fragrant flowers or foliage

Grower Note:

Click here to view a detailed culture guide for BELARINA® Primulas.

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Primroses will produce dazzling flowers each spring if they are well-maintained. Ideally, they should be planted in boggy areas, perhaps near bodies of water, where their shallow roots will not dry out. Plants will go dormant in hot, dry summer weather unless they are kept well-watered. Though they are fully hardy in the North, primroses need protective insulation such as snow cover in the late winter months so they are not lost to late hard freezes.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.