Primula vialii 'RED HOT POKER'

Primula vialii
Primula vialii 'RED HOT POKER'
orchid primrose, Chinese pagoda primrose
SIZE/TYPE low perennial
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.4m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES light green
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +multicolored:red and violet
BLOOMING TIME June - September
LOCATION semi-shade / partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
Summer blooms
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Orchid primrose or also called Chinese pagoda primrose comes from Sichuan and Yunnan (China) and just one look is not enough to tell that it is a primrose. This species has similar leaves but entirely different flowers and blooming time.

Red Hot Poker is an orchid primrose variety producing rosettes of soft, narrowly lance-shaped or oblong, light green leaves. Flowers are borne atop about 30 cm tall stems from June until late July, and repeat flowering in late summer. The buds are formed in short, thick spikes, they are vibrant red and open into small, soft mauve, tubular flowers.

This primrose is a water loving perennial that does best in constantly moist, partially shaded sites, and takes occasional temporary flooding. If grown in full sun provide good irrigation – the ground must never dry out. Grow it in fertile soil of any pH. Hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 14-09-2013.

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