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Candelabra Primulas (Primroses)

Candelabra Primroses, Bog Garden Primulas


Candelabra primulas are majestic perennial plants noted for their eye-catching flowers carried in numerous whorls up their strong stems, like a wedding cake. Very hardy and long lived, they are happiest in bog gardens, near ponds and streams and grow well in damp shady borders.

  • Candelabra Primulas enjoy a long flowering season extending from late spring to midsummer, depending on varieties.
  • They grow up to 1-3 ft. tall (30-90 cm), some adding architectural height to the landscape.
  • Clump forming, they self-sow profusely, ensuring that your display continues year after year, and create a wonderful palette of colors ranging from white, pink, carmine, red, orange, yellow or purple.
  • Planted in drifts will have the effect of stopping passers-by in their tracks. Team them with other moisture-loving plants such as Iris pseudacorus (Yellow Iris), Ferns, Astilbes and Hostas. They also do well with Rhododendrons and Azaleas.
  • Easy to grow, they simply require heavy, moisture retentive, nutritious soils of neutral to acid pH. The soil should never even hint of dryness.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primula - Primroses
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Landscaping Ideas Ponds and Streams
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primula - Primroses
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Landscaping Ideas Ponds and Streams
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