Last updated on December 2nd, 2011
BLOOMING in my Woodland Garden just now are the “Candelabra Primroses.” What a relief to see the colorful spires against an otherwise all-green setting of ferns and hostas. More pictures, and a little advice for growing this generous Primula Japonica:
Like P. malecoides, the “fairy primrose” we all enjoy as a winter houseplant, japonica produces not one, not two, but three delightful tiers of bloom. These come in shades pink, red or white. I have ‘Miller’s Crimson,’ pale pink ‘Appleblossom’ and creamy white ‘Alba.’
Japonica is easy enough to grow. Give it a shady, moist spot, and it will bloom for you from May through mid-July. The plant will freely reseed itself, too, unless you fiddle around in its bed in early spring. This can harm the emerging shoots, which look, at first glance, like pale-green lettuce leaves.
If I didn’t already have a japonica collection in my woodland, I’d immediately start one. The plant is hardy in zones 4-8.
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