Most primroses are native to the Himalayas and cool regions of southeast Asia and Europe.
Plants form a foliage rosette; at bloom time, typically circular, sometimes fragrant flowers with five petals rise above the leaves.
The petals usually overlap and are often indented at the apex, sometimes so deeply that each flower appears to have ten parts. Blossoms may be borne on individual stems, in clusters at stem ends, or in tiered, candelabra-like clusters along the stem.
Most primroses are spring blooming, but some start flowering in mid- to late winter in mild climates, and a few bloom in early summer. Some go dormant in late fall or winter; mark their location before they disappear.
Nearly all are good plants for the woodland garden.
Grows 3 ft. high, 2 ft. wide. Long-stemmed, toothed medium green leaves are broadly oval with heart-shaped base, to 9 in. long. Flowers are yellow, bell shaped, nodding; carried in clusters of up to 60. Most fragrant primrose and the latest to bloom. Late spring or summer. Ample water; will grow in a few inches of running water or in damp, low spot. Plants are late to appear in spring. Hybrids have red, orange, or yellow flowers.
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