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PRIMULA (Candelabra Hybrid)

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Jessie Keith

Family

Primulaceae

Botanical Name

PRIMULA( Candelabra Hybrid)

Plant Common Name

Candelabra Primrose, Primrose

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General Description

Bright and beautiful, these exquisite tall flowered perennials are the highlight of the late season garden. They are complex hybrids of the common English primrose, Primula vulgaris and old fashioned cowslip, Primula veris. Both these primroses are moisture lovers, dwelling in woodlands and wetlands. Therefore these hybrids are most often grown in association with bog and water gardens where the ground remains wet but not soggy. The plants produce small rosettes of upstanding foliage with long, wide romaine-like leaves that require highly fertile ground to mature properly.

These hybrids produce the tallest flower spikes of all common primroses, sending up a single spire bearing several whorls of small blooms. These flowers are so tightly packed they become balls of color on this fine staff. Blooming occurs over summer into autumn with intensely hot colored shades of purple, red, orange and yellow. These primroses are often grown from seed or may be started from nursery seedlings. Plant into moderately fertile, humus rich, moist but well drained soil. They ask for full sun in cool moist climates, but since they peak during the hottest time of year, provide protection from direct afternoon sun. They may be difficult if not impossible to grow in the arid Southwest.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Red, Purple, Orange

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Bog Garden, Mixed Border, Water Gardens

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No