Primrose Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' (Pr/poly)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
πŸͺ Not edible
β€πŸŒ± Hard-care
polyanthus 'Kinlough Beauty'


Primula 'Kinlough Beauty,' commonly known as a type of primrose, is notable for its distinctive and vibrant appearance. It is characterized by a rosette of green leaves that are crinkled and textured, providing a lush, verdant backdrop to the vivid flowers. The leaves may also have a slight powdery coating that makes them look frosted. The focal point of 'Kinlough Beauty' is its flowers, which bloom profusely and can be quite showy. The blossoms are typically a rich shade of pink, violet, or red, with a contrasting yellow to white center that creates an eye-catching effect. These trumpet-shaped flowers are arranged in clusters or whorls that rise above the foliage on sturdy stems, giving the plant a festive and generous floral display. The petals can be either uniformly colored or beautifully shaded, with some exhibiting a gradient of color or edges that are delicately edged with a contrasting hue. The plant has earned admiration for its extended flowering period, offering a long-lasting splash of color in the garden. On close inspection, one may notice the finely detailed structure of each flower, including delicate veining and intricate patterns that add to the overall beauty of the plant. The Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' is a cherished addition to many gardens due to its stunning flowers and the delightful pop of color it brings to a springtime landscape.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Primrose, Polyanthus.

    • Common names

      Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' (Pr/poly).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Primrose is not typically considered highly toxic to humans. However, some individuals may experience mild discomfort or allergic reactions if they ingest parts of the plant or come into contact with its sap. The symptoms of primrose poisoning in humans can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Skin contact can sometimes cause dermatitis or other allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. It is always advisable to avoid ingesting plants that are not specifically grown for human consumption to prevent any adverse effects.

    • To pets

      Primrose is generally not considered highly toxic to pets. However, similar to humans, some animals might experience mild gastrointestinal upset if they ingest the plant. Symptoms of primrose poisoning in pets could include vomiting, diarrhea, and drooling. Although not typically severe, ingestion of primroses can lead to mild discomfort. If you observe any signs of distress in your pet after ingestion of the plant, it is recommended to consult a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Spread

      8 inches (20 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Colorful Blooms: Produces vibrant blooms that add color to gardens and landscapes.
    • Long Flowering Period: Offers a long flowering season, often from late winter through spring.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Flowers attract beneficial insects like bees and butterflies.
    • Compact Size: Suitable for small gardens, borders, and containers due to its compact growth habit.
    • Low Maintenance: Generally requires minimal care once established in the right conditions.
    • Cold Tolerant: Capable of surviving and thriving in cooler temperatures.
    • Versatility: Works well in a variety of garden designs, from cottage gardens to rockeries.
    • Propagates Easily: Can be propagated through division, allowing gardeners to create more plants without additional cost.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photographic subject – Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' can be used as a beautiful subject for photography due to its vivid colors and delicate structure, making it ideal for botanical illustration or garden photography.
    • Craft inspiration – The unique coloring of the Primula can inspire patterns or color schemes in various arts and crafts, including painting, fabric design, and embroidery.
    • Educational tool – Gardening enthusiasts or teachers can use the Primula to educate people about plant hybridization and the breeding process that leads to new cultivars.
    • Culinary decoration – Although not to be consumed, the Primula's flowers can be used as a natural decoration for plates or cake decoration, to be removed before eating.
    • Science projects – Students can use Primula plants for studying plant life cycles, pollination, and soil pH preferences in science fair projects.
    • Garden layout testing – These plants can serve as indicators for testing out new garden layouts, assessing where colorful plants thrive best within the garden's microclimate.
    • Stress relief – Tending to a Primula plant can serve as a form of stress relief and a therapeutic horticultural activity, contributing to mental well-being.
    • Gift plant – Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' can be potted and given as a gift for occasions such as housewarmings, demonstrating the giver's interest in unique and special cultivars.
    • Desk plant – Although typically an outdoor plant, a Primula can be kept in a small pot on a desk or windowsill to enjoy its beauty indoors, provided there’s sufficient light.
    • Special event decor – The plants can be used to decorate venues for events such as weddings or garden parties, providing a natural and vibrant touch to the setting.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Primrose is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Primrose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Hope: Primulas are often associated with hope. The very act of blooming in the early days of spring is a gentle reminder that after the coldest winters, warmth and life are renewed, symbolizing hope for better times.
    • Youth: The delicate and vibrant flowers represent the freshness and vitality of youth, perhaps because they are often found blooming at a time when young life begins to stir after the winter.
    • New Beginnings: As one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, the Primula signals new beginnings and the start of a new cycle of life.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Early spring
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The common primrose, including 'Kinlough Beauty', requires consistent moisture yet should not be waterlogged. It's best to water this plant deeply once a week, providing about 1 gallon per square foot of soil area, ensuring the soil is moist but not soggy. During the growing season, especially in dry spells, increase watering frequency but always allow the top inch of soil to dry out slightly between watering sessions. Reduce watering in the winter when the plant is not actively growing. Over-watering or letting the plant sit in water can lead to root rot, so proper drainage is essential.

  • sunLight

    Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' thrives in partial shade. It's ideal to place the primrose in a spot where it can receive filtered sunlight or morning sun and afternoon shade. Avoid exposing the plant to full, direct afternoon sun as this can stress the plant and cause the foliage to scorch.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Primula 'Kinlough Beauty', like most common primroses, prefers cooler temperatures and can generally tolerate a range from a 40 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive short periods of temperatures slightly outside this range, but consistently high temperatures, particularly above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, may stress the plant. The ideal temperatures for robust growth and flowering are between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Primroses like 'Kinlough Beauty' should be deadheaded regularly to encourage more blooms and maintain a neat appearance. After blooming, cut or pinch off the spent flowers at the base of their stems. Throughout the growing season, also remove any yellowed or damaged leaves to prevent disease and promote air circulation. Pruning should be done as needed during the active growing season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' prefers a rich, well-draining soil mix with plenty of organic matter, such as peat or leaf mold. A suitable soil pH for this plant is slightly acidic to neutral, around pH 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' should be repotted every one to two years, or when the plant shows signs of being root-bound or the soil appears exhausted.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' thrives in a high humidity environment, ideally between 50% to 70% humidity; this mimics their natural moist and cool habitats.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with consistent moisture.

    • Outdoor

      Partial shade, sheltered location, keep the soil moist.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' begins its life as a seed, which, once sown, will germinate given the right conditions of moisture and temperature. The next stage is the formation of a rosette of leaves, which is characteristic of young primula plants in their vegetative state. As the plant matures, it develops a flower stalk, which bears the distinctive, vibrant flowers of the 'Kinlough Beauty' variety. Following pollination, the flowers will produce seed capsules that, when ripe, release seeds to complete the reproductive cycle. In suitable environments, the plant will go dormant during adverse conditions, such as extreme cold in winter, only to resume growth and enter the next flowering cycle with the return of favorable seasons. With proper care, this perennial plant can live and thrive for several years, continually going through cycles of growth, blooming, and dormancy.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • Propogation: Primula 'Kinlough Beauty', commonly referred to as 'Kinlough Beauty', is ideally propagated by division, which is typically conducted in the late winter to early spring as the plant emerges from its dormancy period. To propagate by division, carefully lift the clump of Primula from the ground with a garden fork, taking care not to damage the roots excessively. Gently tease apart the individual crowns that make up the plant, ensuring that each new section has a healthy portion of roots and a few leaves. Replant the divisions at the same depth they were originally growing, spacing them about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) apart to give them adequate room to establish. Water the new divisions well to settle the soil around the roots and continue to provide water regularly, especially during dry spells, as the plants establish themselves in their new locations.