Primula poissonii

candelabra primula

Outstanding Qualities

This group of primrose is always a standout in the woodland garden because of their tiered stately flowers. Primula poisonii are very long-lived and fragrant. They need part shade, rich soil and regular watering. Growing 18" tall, they will quickly establish a good size clump and bloom in mid-to-late spring. The foliage is a medium green, oblong, semi-evergreen with finely-toothed margins to 10 inches. Reddish-purple flowers with a yellow eye are borne in 2 to 6 tiered flower whorls, 5 to 25 on each stalk. They are wonderful in a moist, shady area of your garden.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, purple

Great Color Partners: bronze, dark green, pink

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.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

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