Primula kisoana

kisoana primrose

hardy primrose

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Outstanding Qualities

A lovely spreading Japanese primrose with fuzzy leaves to grow in lightly or openly shaded locations. The flowers poke above the foliage and the typical color is magenta; however, there are shades of pink and rose-pink as well as a white form.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: rose

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: bright flowers in springtime, fuzzy foliage through summer.

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: aphids, slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: bronze, burgundy, cream, white, yellow

Great Color Partners: blue, purple, violet

Culture Notes
Plant this primrose in light to open shade for the best growth and flowering. The soil may be average or sandy and should be well-drained. Water these plants regularly, especially if the soil dries out readily.
Geek Notes
Primula kiosana is native to southern Japan. Originally found on the alpine and subalpine slopes of Mt. Kisokoma (Honshu Island), it has become extinct there. However, although limited in distribution, it does still grow in neighboring mountains. The habitat is in damp, shady areas.