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Primula bulleyana

Primula bulleyana is also known as Bulley’s Primrose, Candelabra Primrose, or Candelabra Primula. It is part of the Primulaceae family of plants. Primula bulleyana is a semi-evergreen perennial. It is native to China. It is named after Arthur K. Bulley (1861-1942). He was a British cotton merchant. He was the creator of the Ness Botanic Gardens.

Primula bulleyana
Primula bulleyana

Primula bulleyana was first discovered by George Forrest (1873-1932) a Scottish botanist. He is known as one of the first western explorers in Yunnan in China. Primula bulleyana is considered a candelabra primula due to its tiered flowers. The flowers appear in spring. Primula bulleyana produces tall 50cm or 20in tall erect stems with whorls of orange-yellow flowers. The flowers are reddish as buds. The foliage forms as a rosette of ovate to lanceolate leaves. They are bright green.

Grow Primula bulleyana in moist, shady locations. Plant it in humus-rich, fertile, and moist soil. It prefers natural to acid soil. It can be placed in the sun where summers are cool. Otherwise, partial shade is better. Primula bulleyana does tolerate moist or wet soils. It can be planted near ponds and streams. It is deer-resistant. And it attracts bees. Propagate Primula bulleyana by division in spring. Cut back after flowering. Primula bulleyana is generally disease-free, but watch out for aphids, vine weevil, slugs, or red spider mite.

Primula bulleyana
Primula bulleyana at Kew Garden’s rock garden.

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