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Primula sieboldii 'Bide a Wee Lace'

Japanese woodland primula

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (142403)

Plant details

Primula sieboldii produces semi-evergreen rosettes of leaves, above which small flower spikes appear in spring bearing clusters of starry pink flowers that fade to paler tones with age. The foliage remains above ground nearly all year round, although plants will go dormant during periods of extreme heat or drought.

Plants grow happily on all but the driest soils, provided they are planted in dappled shade. They look great when planted in informal drifts.

'Bide a Wee Lace' bears delicate blue flowers. For best results grow in a moist woodland garden or around the edge of a pond. Don't cut back plants in autumn, instead tidy plants in spring to remove the worst old foliage to make way for fresh new growth. This allows plants to self-seed in drifts, creating a charming, natural look.

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Primula

Species: sieboldii

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 40cm

Spread: 40cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: September to April

Time to plant: March to November

Flowering period: May to June


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