Primulas are known as fun, colourful winter and spring plants for indoors and outdoors. Primula is also a diminutive of the word Primus and means ‘first’. The plant is therefore perfect to herald the spring. The Primula obconica has long flower stems, the variety acaulis means ‘without stem’. The flowers of the Primula acaulis (this is a garden plant, like a violet) therefore have almost no stem, but sit directly on the leaf.