cloth, 386 p., $39.95
One of the largest and most widespread of genera, the popularity of Primula is reflected in the number of varieties grown and the income generated by the horticultural industry. Noted English botanist John Richards has updated his 1993 monumental work with recent research into the genus. In addition to the history, evolution and cultivation of the subject — information that was in the original text — this publication has been expanded to include new plants, full-color photographs, and botanical illustrations by the award-winning artist Brigid Edwards. Scientific advances, including genetic research, have substantially supported previous speculations, and the results are reported in a systematic discussion of the various species.
The introduction of identification keys greatly enhances the value of the publication to both scientist and gardener. The text also includes the knowledge acquired in the last decade about plants in the wild and cultivation. It is evident that the author has again produced a classic reference on the genera.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden