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.
This irresistible Chinese candelabra was discovered by plant hunter George Forrest while exploring Yunnan’s Li-Chiang mountain range on a 1906 collecting trip. A textural basal green clump of large, finely serrated lanceolate foliage plus upright slightly curving sturdy stems host the stylish, whorled rosy carmine flowers that exhibit varied floral tints, yellowish orange eyes and frosty-looking calyces. Undemanding Primula beesiana promises a prismatic presence, especially when massed in a bright moist border or at water’s edge.
Size: 12" – 18" high x 12" – 15" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- 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 polyneura
- Primula rosea ‘Gigas’
- Primula vialii
- Primula vulgaris ‘Double Lilac’
- Primula waltonii