The Polyanthus is a hybrid and the most well-known primrose in this country. Its parentage is a little blurry, but it is thought to be comprised of wild primroses (Primula vulgaris) , the cowslip (Primula veris), and Oxlip (Primula elatior). The Cowichans offered here are known for their six-inch stems, bronzed leaves, and deep, rich colors. Also notable is that they do not have the yellow eye around the center. The rich color goes all the way to the center unbroken. This is particularly attractive to me. These should be grown on a northeast-facing slope or hill under a deciduous tree. They take cold better than heat, so they do need shade in summer. Zones 4-8. Note: This image is not of the Amethyst Cowichan and will be replaced when one is available. In the meantime, enjoy this lovely illustration from Botanical Magazine, via Wikimedia Commons and in the public domain.
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