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Primula bulleyana (Candelabra Primrose)

Candelabra Primrose, Candelabra Primula, Bulley's Primrose


Very long-lived, Primula bulleyana, commonly known as Candelabra Primrose, is a semi-evergreen perennial with attractive whorls of golden-yellow flowers, 1 in. across (2 cm) that open from orange-red buds. Each stem displays up to 5-7 whorls, spaced at intervals atop basal rosettes of ovate to lanceolate, medium green leaves. Native to the hillsides in China, this perennial thrives in damp, shady environments where it brings in late spring or early summer its brightly colored blossoms. Primroses are brilliant vehicles for adding color to the shade garden.

  • Easily grows up to 24 in. tall and across (60 cm), this plant quickly establishes to a good size by self-sowing and looks particularly beautiful when grown in mass. While winter-deciduous, it will return with vigor year after year.
  • A part shade lover, it is best grown in humus-richconsistently moistneutral to acid soils. This plant may be grown in full sun in cool summer areas, provided the soil remains moist. Mulch this plant to help maintain the soil moisture and keep the roots cool. Wet soil tolerated.
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society, this plant is very versatile and can be used in partially shaded bedsborders, in cottage gardens or along streamsponds or water gardens.
  • low maintenance plant (Cut back after flowering). Watch out for pests such as aphids, vine weevil, slugs and glasshouse red spider mite.
  • Deer resistant!

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primula - Primroses
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primula - Primroses
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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