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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.
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.