Double English Primrose
Derived from the Italian primaverola, the name of this genus pays homage to the way its often early blossoms welcome spring. Many of the more than 400 species are at home in the moist climates of England, New Zealand and the Pacific Coast. The selections we offer are cold-hardy, yet will need ample water in warmer locales. Lovely planted en masse, Primroses are ideal for woodland gardens, damp borders, by a pond or streamside.
Certain to cajole a smile, this endearing semievergreen cultivar was bred in the 1950s by Primula maven Florence Bellis, who resided near Portland, Oregon. ‘Sunshine Susie’ has a lot to flaunt: fully-double posies that unfurl for months plus a long-lived amenable bent that tolerates heat and drought more than most Primulas. Resembling miniature roses, oodles of clustered, 1 in. wide buttercup-yellow flowers don pink and salmon shades as they mature above winsome basal rosettes of crinkled oval-shaped lush greenery. Enriched soil with good drainage and consistent moisture sustains ‘Susie’s sunny mood.
Size: 6" – 8" high x 6" – 8" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Primula elatior ‘Victorian Gold Lace Black’
- Primula beesiana
- Primula x bulleesiana
- Primula bulleyana
- Primula capitata ssp. mooreana
- Primula capitata ‘Salvana’
- Primula cockburniana
- Primula denticulata var. Alba
- Primula denticulata ‘Blue Selection’
- Primula ‘Dunbeg’
- Primula elatior x ‘Silver Lace Purple’
- Primula elatior ‘Victoriana Gold Lace Red’
- Primula ‘Elizabeth Killelay’
- Primula florindae
- Primula marginata ‘Mauve Mist’
- Primula x polyantha ‘Dawn Ansell’
- Primula polyanthus ‘Francesca’
- Primula polyneura
- Primula rosea ‘Gigas’
- Primula vialii
- Primula vulgaris ssp. sibthorpii
- Primula vulgaris ‘Double Lilac’
- Primula waltonii