Unlike any other primrose! It is beautiful in the border with tall stems which carry 10cm (8in) spikes of contrasting mauve and crimson blooms.
With a unique looking flower spike that doesn't quite belong on a primrose, this primrose shows off red buds that open to violet-pink flowers in a cluster shaped like a rocket. A short-lived perennial native to the moist highland soils of southwestern China, it is easily grown from seeds.
The light-green leaves of this species are held in a rosette, each leaf narrowly oblong, crinkled with veins and hairy. In late spring to midsummer, stiff stems rise from the rosette and form a pointed and tufted cluster of blood-red flower buds at their tops. Once formed, the red buds open from the bottom of the cluster upwards, revealing tiny, dainty, light violet to pink flowers that angle downward.
Grow it in deep, humusy, moist, acidy soils and partial sun to partial shade. In more sun, more moisture is required. Although relatively short-lived, this perennial will reseed itself and perpetuate if the soil is moist and fertile. Grow it as part of a bog garden, in a moist container or in a woodland setting at the edge of a stream, pond or moist depression.
information source: http://learn2grow.com/plants/primula-vialii/
Genus - Primula
Species - Vialii
Common name - Orchid Primrose
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 0,45 m
Spread - 0,20 - 0,30 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acid, neutral
Soil type - Rich, clay, loam, moist
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Bog gardens, containers, woodland setting at the edge of a stream, pond or moist depression
Bloom season - April to June
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Light Pink, Crimson
Sow inside from January to March inside in trays of moist seed compost.
Sow thinly, do not cover the seeds with compost. Cover with glass or clear plastic and remove it immediately after germination.
Put in bright, with no direct sunlight place at +10-15C.
Germination in 20-50 days.
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