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Primula vialii
Common Name: Pagoda Primrose Family: Primulaceae (The Primrose Family)

Primula vialii
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This primrose is one of the most improbable in the genus, at least compared to the familiar flower forms. Primula vialii has unique spikes of scarlet red buds that open to lavender flowers. Plants clump quickly and can send up multiple flower spikes. Short-lived for most gardeners though at Dart's Hill Garden a clump has persisted in full sun in moist soil where an underground seep passes by. Try it in summer moisture but good winter drainage. Worth trying for the intrigue and fun.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Asia - China and Japan
Native Habitat:
Wet meadows, near water in valleys; 2800--4000 m. SW Sichuan, N and NW Yunnan.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourPurple 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourRed 
Height8-12'  Bloom TimeEarly Summer 
Spread4-8'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureSun Part Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage Moist  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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