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Prolifera Primrose*

Primula prolifera

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Prolifera Primrose (Primula prolifera) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Prolifera Primrose in bloom

Prolifera Primrose in bloom

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Primula helodoxa, Candleabra Primrose

Description:

This specimen produces up to six or seven whorls of bright yellow flowers in succession up the flower stems; perfectly suited to grow in boggy conditions and other shaded areas when kept watered; great addition to a pond edge

Ornamental Features

Prolifera Primrose features delicate lightly-scented nodding yellow trumpet-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. Its oval leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Prolifera Primrose is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Prolifera Primrose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Prolifera Primrose will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 16 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

Prolifera Primrose is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container  Bog 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features