Auriculas -- whether in blood red, sunshine yellow, royal purple, or black and white -- have driven gardeners to extremes of obsession, as they attempt to breed and show the perfect plant. No wonder: these enthralling primrose Alpines come in a wonderful range of forms, as well as colors. An award-winning expert generously shares her knowledge, gathered in over 15 years of cultivating auriculas in her own nursery. Along with hundreds of photos to savor, you'll find out what to look for when buying, the different methods of growing (in the garden, greenhouse, cold frame, cool conservatory, or porch); propagation; and how to handle pests and diseases. Most impressive and helpful of all: an extensive directory with over 500 commercially available varieties.