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  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Revised edition (May 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780881925807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881925807
  • ASIN: 0881925802
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of three great garden genera, Primula rank right behind Rhododendrons and Rosas in terms of annual income generated within the horticultural trade. With more than 430 species, the genus is also one of the largest in the plant kingdom. Advances in the decade since Richards' original edition was published prompted him to update his work on this fascinating and diverse group of plants. Geared to both the home gardener and the professional botanist, this uniquely comprehensive account of all the species and varieties within the genus covers both basic cultural material as well as major new taxonomic and classification advancements. Early chapters discuss plant cultivation and evolutionary history, while the majority of the book is devoted to a detailed descriptive key. Supported by color photos, including those of obscure species captured in their native habitats, and the work of award-winning botanical artist, Brigid Edwards, this is a magnificent Primula primer. Carol Haggas
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"Primula, 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)

"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 primer."
—Carol Haggas, Booklist, August 1, 2003 (Booklist)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1999
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John Richards monograph on the genus Primula is the best book I have seen on the subject. I work with primroses every day and it would be much more difficult without this clarifying volume. The theoretical background is sound, the disposition is easy to follow and the illustrations are both informative and pleasing to the eye.
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