Primula sieboldii & much more…

– We are the UK’s National Collection Holder of Primula sieboldii Japanese cultivars; and, since June 2021 we are also pleased to be awarded National Collection status for our Epimediums. You can purchase our Primula sieboldii and Epimediums, plus a range of Ferns, Japanese woodland grass and other choice plants from our online shop.

Summer 2021.   After losing our second spring to Covid, we are moving on to the time of the year where we look to start propagating our Epimediums, primulas and later the ferns.  Some varieties may be temporarily unavailable as a result of this.  Unfortunately, we currently can only send plants to UK addresses, excluding Highlands and Islands.  This is due to a combination of Brexit and unreliable delivery options.  The postage and packing rate (Mainland UK only) for orders of any size is £7.50.  Collections are postage free.

Jessica - Primula Sieboldii
Epimedium - Night Mistress
Primula sieboldii "Blue"
Sumizomegenji - Primula Sieboldii

About Penny’s Primulas (Staddon Farm Nurseries)

Staddon Farm Nurseries started out as a small nursery in 1996, with a particular interest in alpine and Asiatic primulas. In 2000, we began our collection of the Japanese “Cherry Blossom” primrose: the Primula sieboldii.

All our named Primula sieboldii are produced by vegetative propagation – they do not come true from seed. Those that originate from seed strains, for example, ‘Pago Pago’, we have selected what we consider to be the best form and use the parent stock for our divisions.

In 2015 Penny had the honour of spending time with Mr. Tsuneo Torii from Japan. Mr. Torii has spent much of his life working on the identification and classification of Primula sieboldii, resulting in a number of published books on the subject. For those who have used our website previously you may find a few alterations in the spelling of our Primula sieboldii cultivars to reflect Mr. Torii’s work.

We are sadly no longer able to deliver plants outside of mainland UK.  The combination of Brexit confusion and the excessive cost of phytosanitary certification prevents any export options. 

COVID-19 has forced us to take a further year’s break from exhibiting our plants.  We hope that the situation will have improved enough for us to attend sales later in this year.  In 2022 we will again be exhibiting our Primula sieboldii collection at two RHS shows: Malvern Spring Festival and Chelsea Flower show in the RHS Floral Marquees.  

In addition to the range of Primula sieboldii we offer for sale, our website has three other collections that we highlight through our “guest pages” – Epimediums and Ferns and a new list of plants of interest that we usually have available for sale: “Our other choices“, including a range of the Japanese woodland “Hakone” grass and small numbers of other woodland treats. We often use these plants to complement our exhibits and regularly receive requests for them. We hope you find our listings of interest.

We are still able to send plants out by mail order.  We seek to minimise our use of plastic on the nursery, particularly single use plastics.  However, if we receive goods wrapped in bubble wrap, we will re-use that in the packages we send out.

If you are interested in purchasing our plants by mail-order, simply visit our online shop and place your order. We will then confirm availability and cost, including delivery, by email.  All orders are sent with accompanying plant passport certification.

We accept all major credit and debit cards over the phone. We also accept payment by BACS.  Unfortunately we can no longer accept payment by cheque.

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Primula Sieboldii

At Penny’s Primulas we have the largest collection of commercially available Primula sieboldii in the UK.

In October 2013 we were awarded National Collection Holder status by Plant Heritage for Primula sieboldii Japanese cvs. All our plants met the rigorous specifications required to be awarded this prestigious accolade.

Primula sieboldii make excellent and reliable garden plants and should give you years of pleasure. We have included sections on our website that give a brief history of the species and guidance on how to grow and propagate Primula sieboldii. We recommend that you treat them as an edge of woodland plant, growing in dappled shade in a soil that is free draining but does not dry out.

For UK customers we send the plants potted in 9cm pots.  

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New Additions

Penny’s Primulas prefer to despatch plants over the winter months whilst primulas are dormant. Plants may be sent out later in the year however.

We offer a full mail order service whereby each plant is very carefully packaged and can be with you normally within 48hrs. In extreme weather conditions we may delay despatching your order to ensure they reach you safely. However, we will keep you informed at all stages. We will also include care instructions for your plants.

Simply browse our Primula sieboldii, Epimedium, Ferns, and Other Choices Shop to choose the plants you’d like to order.