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Primula beesiana

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Candelabra Primrose (Primula beesiana) at Plants Unlimited

Candelabra Primrose in bloom

Candelabra Primrose in bloom

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Plant Height:  16 inches

Flower Height:  28 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Bee's Primrose

Description:

This variety features tiered clusters of blooms in shades of lavender and pink with red-yellow in the centers, all above a mound of light green foliage; a colorful display in a border or container planting

Ornamental Features

Candelabra Primrose features delicate clusters of lavender star-shaped flowers with shell pink overtones, yellow eyes and red centers rising above the foliage from late spring to mid summer. Its crinkled oval leaves remain light green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Candelabra Primrose is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Candelabra Primrose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Candelabra Primrose will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity extending to 28 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

Candelabra Primrose is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features

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