© Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks
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.
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.