World-renowned primrose specialists since 1936

Barnhaven Polyanthus

Polyanthus primroses are so called because they produce several flowers on a tall stem. Their origins are lost in the midst of time but probably derive from crosses between Primula vulgaris, Primula veris and Primula elatior. 

Barnhaven polyanthus primula derive originally from five packets of Sutton's seeds which were purchased by Florence Bellis in 1935. All our polyanthus are direct descendants from these seeds. In all this time, there have been only two ''foreign'' introductions to our strain - pollen from the original Cowichan clone and plants from Linda Eickman's pink strain of polyanthus.

All the Barnhaven Polyanthus plants and seed still come from these carefully hand-pollinated seed strains. This  ensures that we produce high quality plants and seed every year from our rigorously selected plants, maintaining the variety in the forms and colours that we love. 

Polyanthus primula produce very good visible displays in the garden and are often used in formal beds in combination with spring bulbs or other plants. They will also grow very well in pots. Just keep removing the spent stems to prolong the display. 

Flowering times: February to April

Height : 15-20cm.

Culture: semi-shade, damp but well-drained soil. Clump forming, divide every couple of years for the best results.

For more tips on growing polyanthus see the section on Primroses and Polyanthus.


Polyanthus primrose Harvest Yellows

HARVEST YELLOWS

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Polyanthus primrose WINTER WHITE

WINTER WHITE

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Polyanthus primrose CHARTREUSE

CHARTREUSE

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Polyanthus primrose Desert Sunset

DESERT SUNSET

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Polyanthus primrose GRAND CANYON

GRAND CANYON

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Polyanthus primrose INDIAN REDS

INDIAN REDS

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Polyanthus primrose Spice Shades

SPICE SHADES

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Polyanthus primrose DAYBREAK

DAYBREAK

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Polyanthus primrose RAMONA

RAMONA

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Polyanthus primrose HARBOUR LIGHTS

HARBOUR LIGHTS

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Polyanthus primrose MARINE BLUES

MARINE BLUES

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Polyanthus primrose NEW PINKS

NEW PINKS

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Polyanthus primrose LITTLE EGYPT

LITTLE EGYPT

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Polyanthus primrose REVERIE

REVERIE

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Polyanthus primrose FLAMINGO

FLAMINGO

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Polyanthus primrose Paris 90

PARIS '90

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Polyanthus primrose MIDNIGHT

MIDNIGHT

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Polyanthus primrose GILDED GINGER

GILDED GINGER

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Polyanthus primrose SORBET

SORBET

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Polyanthus primrose TANGO

TANGO

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