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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.  Polyanthus are known for having several flowers at the top of each stem.  Also notable, is that they do not have the predominant yellow eye in in 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.

Primula polyanthus "Garnet Chowichans"

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