Synopses & Reviews
This classic text has been updated and revised by the leading primulas expert. In terms of both the number of varieties grown and its popularity, Primula is one of the greatest garden genera. It is also among the largest and most widespread with approximately 430 species. This new edition includes a major taxonomic revision, information on the evolutionary history of the genus, a history of the exploration and introduction of Primula, cultivation, propagation and hybridization techniques, and a discussion of pests and diseases. This book is beautifully illustrated with over 100 drawings and photographs, including paintings by the award-winning botanical illustrator Brigid Edwards.
"All one needs to know to identify and grow plants from the genus Primula
— primrose and related plants — can be found in this attractive volume. ... Although there are many books on this horticulturally important genus, this is the most comprehensive."
—D. H. Pfister, Choice, January 2004 Choice
"Uniquely comprehensive ... This is a magnificent Primula
—Carol Haggas, Booklist, August 1, 2003
, by John Richards, brings to the form all the latest tools of modern botany. Chapters include both the evolutionary history of the genus and the history of its cultivation as well as its unique botany. A separate chapter covers the essentials neccessary for success as a gardener."
—American Gardener, May/June 2004 American Gardener
Includes a major taxonomic revision in addition to the history of exploration, cultivation, propagation, and hybridization techniques.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 330-).
About the Author
John Richards is professor of botany in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has been chairman of the committee for the Alpine Garden Society and is a vice president of the Botanical Society of the British Isles. He is the author of Plant Breeding Systems.
Table of Contents
A short history of the exploration, introduction and cultivation of Primula -- primula gardens -- The cultivation of Primula -- Temperature and humidity -- Soil and composts -- Propagation -- Pests and diseases -- Special conditions -- The evolutionary history of Primula and its relatives -- Introduction -- Geographical distribution -- High information biological characters -- Primitive Primula -- Relationships in Primula according to DNA -- Cladogram -- The most important biological characters used in sectional classification in Primula -- Heterostyly and homostyly -- Evolution of the heterostyly in Primula -- How does the Primula mating system work? -- How does the mating system vary between Primula species? -- The structure of the Primula heterostyly/mating system linkage group -- Casual secondary homostyly -- An alternative form of long homostyly -- Fixed secondary homostyly -- Features of primary and secondary homostyly species -- A key to the sections of the Genus Primula -- Synopsis of the Genus Primula.