Either way, it's a fantastic primrose that doesn't seem to be much bothered by slugs and blooms later than the common grocery store primroses, with multi-tiered candelabra-type flower stalks. The cheery, bright green leaves are held mostly off the ground and the wavy, serrated margins provide some textural interest.
|The largest patch of this primrose. Maybe if I fertilized them or watered more during the summer, they'd have the really big flower stalks I've seen in pictures, but they do well enough on their own and I'm a bit lazy with both of those things.|
This species, like most primroses, prefers moist soil rich in organic matter, and partial shade. Where I grow it in front of a bed of rhododendrons, they receive a few hours of sun in the morning and open shade the rest of the day. In the cool, wet springs of the Pacific Northwest, seeds from the previous year germinate readily. Given the number of seedlings I've seen this spring, I'm surprised there aren't more of these cute little primroses by now and I'm not sure of the reason why. I haven't been home during their bloom season since they really started blooming well. Most of the seedlings may die as the summer dry season progresses or they may be eaten by slugs. Or my parents may have been weeding them out not realizing what they were, but that would mean that they've been weeding.
|Small seedlings of this primrose are scattered along the front of the bed near the larger clumps. Hopefully some will grow up and add to the show.|
The stats on Primula bulleyana:
- USDA zones 5-10
- Average to moist soil with plenty of organic matter
- Part sun to bright shade
- Flower stalks up to 20" tall with multiple whorls of blooms along the stem
- A tough, easy perennial not bothered by slugs or deer, with 1/2 inch yellow flowers that glow from more than 100 feet away.
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