Primula denticulata and the Candelabras

Cowichans come in strong, glowing colors without yellow eyes and some with black bees. Colors include garnet (a sooty dark red), Venetian (bright red shades), Amethyst (purple and violet hues), dark blue, and yellow. The foliage is sometimes bronze and usually strong and hardy.

The Drumstick Primrose
The denticulatas are among the first primroses to blossom in my garden in the spring. When the snow melts they are visible as a large bud on the surface of the soil (or mud!). In the next few weeks they emerge and develop into a globe of florets on a short flowerstalk. Leaves appear and the stalk elongates, gradually reaching perhaps a foot in height before the flower goes by. Denticulatas may be white, lavender, reddish-purple, and dark purple. In the summer the strap-like leaves get large and the plant becomes a large tangle of foliage. Because they are not much to look at except when in blossom, it is best to place Denticulatas where they have afternoon shade, plenty of moisture, and rich well-drained soil, but also are not front and center all summer.

Snow melts from a lavender denticulata

A bed of Denticulatas at Mountain Brook

Candelabra Primroses

These larger, later flowering primroses bear spires of flowers that resemble candelabras. We presently have Primula japonica, P. florindae with its fragrant, nodding, pale yellow bells, and the Rainbow Candelabras, shown here in a bed at Mountain Brook.

Contact Susan E. Schnare today to discuss primroses.

Mountain Brook Primroses
373 Elbow Pond Road
Andover, New Hampshire 03216
Email: hld@mtnbrook.com
Call: 603-735-5389