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Florists’ auric­u­las are di­vided into four cat­e­gories:

Alpines Gen­tly shaded blooms, with­out any trace of fa­rina, but a clear gold or white ‘light’ cen­tre. Mol­lie Lang­ford, Jessie Hol­land, Vega

Dou­bles With suf­fi­cient petals to con­ceal the ‘tube’ or flower cen­tre. Gos­samer, Top Style, Bac­cha­nte, Frances, Avon El­e­gance

Show Show auric­u­las are sub­di­vided into:

❍ Show selfs (self-coloured blooms with no hint of shad­ing and a white vel­vety ‘paste’ cen­tre). Twiggy, Ea­ton Dawn

❍ Green and grey and white-edged shows (with thicker, green petals and gen­er­ally a black body colour sur­round­ing a cir­cle of white fa­rina or ‘paste’ in the cen­tre. The grey and white edges have a cov­er­ing of paste across the petals— de­pend­ing on the depth, it can give a grey or white ap­pear­ance to the bloom). El Filo, Pros­per­ine, Teem and Mar­garet Martin

❍ Show Fan­cies (other vari­ants in­clud­ing Clouded blooms). Marry Me, Fluffy Duck­ling, So­lario, Dream­catcher

Stripes Ra­di­at­ing from a cen­tral cir­cle of paste sim­i­lar to the show auric­u­las. Cut­tle­fish, Red Wire, Lady Pene­lope Sitwell

In ad­di­tion, there are masses of bor­der prim­ula auric­u­las (such as Eden Green­finch, Bor­der Pa­trol, My Friend), which are not gov­erned by the strict florist stan­dards. These more ro­bust, florif­er­ous, fra­grant plants were grown out­doors, up the side of the gar­den path, and largely fell out of favour with the in­tro­duc­tion of more coloured va­ri­eties of bed­ding polyan­thus.

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