Primula pulverulenta

candelabra primrose

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Outstanding Qualities

Primula pulverulenta is a colorful, exuberant primrose for the garden. This is one of the so-called "candelabra" primroses as the cerise-colored blooms are arranged in tiers along the tall flowering stem. They will brighten the early spring border or do very well in moist areas, especially alongside a stream or pond.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 10 in. (0.55 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: rose

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering

Seasonal Interest: brightly colored flowers in springtime

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Resistant to: aphids, slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: black, bronze, chartreuse, cream, silver, white, yellow

Great Color Partners: burgundy, lavender, purple, rose, violet

Culture Notes
Plant these primroses in light to open shade. For the best growth a soil that is rich would be ideal, although clay or sand would be fine as well. These plants will tolerate, indeed, require constant moisture so they actually thrive in moist or wet sites. Water regularly or frequently, especially if the soil is well-drained or dries out quickly. If given the right conditions, these plants will self-sow prolifically creating a vivid multitude of flowers. However, they generally do not spread beyond into drier areas.
Geek Notes
Primula pulverulenta is native to Sichuan Province, China above 6,500 feet and found in marshy sites and along stream banks, often in light shade.