Primula beesiana

candelabra primula

Outstanding Qualities

Candelabra primroses demand attention in shade gardens because of their fragrant, erect, multi-tiered noble blooms. In mid to late spring, Primula beesianas bright magenta blooms with golden yellow eyes are borne in tiered-flower whorls, 5 to 8 per stalk. Its semi-evergreen foliage is mid-green, lanced shaped with toothed margins to 9 inches. Primula beesianas are very long-lived and require part shade, rich soil and regular watering. Growing 18 to 24 inches tall, they quickly establish to a good size by self-sowing and look particularly stunning when grown in mass.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, silver, purple

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes

This candelabra primrose grows best in open to light shade and protected from hot afternoon sun. Grow in a rich moist to wet soil. This primrose can tolerate sand and clay if the site is moist. Once established it can naturalize, but it is best to start with three to five plants to insure proper pollination and good seed set. Faded flower stems can be removed once the seed has disbursed. In fall cut back any yellowing foliage to tidy up.


Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: if the site is not wet or moist, water frequently