May 29, 2008

Primula seboldii season

Primula sieboldii from Japan, blooming in the back vegetable garden. We received the collection three years ago and each of nearly forty named varieties have traditional Japanese names. Some have noding flowers which the Japanese find appealing because they are demure,like Geisha and many are named after Gesha. Others, have fringed petals and some even look like snowflakes. These primula are quite easy to grow, and they spread nicely forming mats slowly over years. These three year old rhyzomes have each spread to about a 24 inch circle. Primula sieboldii also bloom later in the Primula season, between the early species and Polyanthus types, but jest before the other asiatic forms like P. japonica. The best reason to grow these lovely, phlox-like plants is that they are long-lived and in fact, get better each and every year.

Difficult to find, they can be started from seed, as I have mentioned before.


  1. beautiful flowers.

  2. Very impressive primulas. Lovely blog design.

    Do you know of any sources of seed in Japan/Korea for primulas like sieboldi or kisoana?


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