Primula bulleyana

Candelabra primula

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Plant details

This is a lovely candelabra primula, found growing wild on hillsides in China. It looks great planted in groups and produces semi-evergreen rosettes of leaves, from the middle of which appear upright spikes of flowers in crimson fading to orange in summer. The foliage remains above ground in all but severe conditions, so do not cut back in autumn. However plants may be tidied up in spring to remove the worst old foliage to make way for fresh new growth in spring, if wished. Ideal conditions are partial shade in rich, moist soil of neutral to acid pH. It has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Primula

Species: bulleyana

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: September to April

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