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Primula 'Crescendo Bright Red' (Polyanthus Primrose)

Polyanthus Primrose 'Crescendo Bright Red', Primrose 'Crescendo Bright Red', Crescendo Series


A reliable bloomer, Primula 'Crescendo Bright Red' (Polyanthus Primrose) is a semi-evergreen or evergreen perennial producing umbels of bright red flowers adorned with a bright yellow heart. Blooming from late winter to early spring, they stand out beautifully against the rosette of oval, wrinkled, dark green leaves. Easy to grow, this primrose looks terrific in large bedding displays with tulips and pansies.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 6-8 in. tall (15-20 cm) and 6-10 in. wide (15-25 cm).
  • A part shade lover, it is best grown in humus-rich, moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils.
  • A versatile primrose that can be used in beds and borders, in cottage gardens, city gardens or in containers. Perfect for underplanting shrubs and roses.
  • Deadhead after flowering. Watch out for pests such as aphids, leafhoppers, vine weevil, slugs and glasshouse red spider mite. May be subject to grey moulds.
  • Propagate by seed or division in autumn and early spring

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 7
Heat Zones 5 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primula - Primroses
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spread 6" – 10" (15cm – 25cm)
Spacing 10" (25cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, 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 – 7
Heat Zones 5 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primula - Primroses
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spread 6" – 10" (15cm – 25cm)
Spacing 10" (25cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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