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` Primula sieboldii
Primula sieboldii
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Well kids,  here's a Primrose that almost any idiot can grow, Primula sieboldii.

Native to swampy meadowlands in Japan,  Eastern Siberia,  Korea and Manchuria,  this highly variable,  very choice garden plant has risen to cult status in Japan over the last 400 years,  and more recently in the US with the formation of the American Sakurasoh Association,  (Contact Paul Held in CT at  amsakuraso@aol.com ,  dues are $25.00 per year.)

The olive green,  ruffled leaves can get up to 8" long,   come up in early Spring,   and disappear soon after flowering which occurs in May and June.

Hardy for years in our hostile, rugged zone 5 conditions, Paul tells me that it's handled 50 degrees below zero F. in Alaska.

The strains that we're growing here originated from several sources including the Ofanu Botanic Garden in Kanagawa Prefecture Japan,  several friends in Japan,  The Alpine Garden Society Seed Exchange,  Barnhaven Primroses in France,  Scottish Rock Garden Society Seed Exchange etc. etc.

They make great cut flowers as the long stems last a long while in water.  As I said flower shape form and color is quite variable ranging from pure white to pink,  red,  lilac and every shade in between.  Often flowers will exhibit dual coloration with the backs of the petals different from the fronts,  witness that cool effect on the attached .jpg  Petals have very different shapes and degrees of fringing and dissection.

P.sieboldii is a rhizomatous plant and benefits from a good mulching.  I grow it in every type of light and moisture condition and it seems to perform equally as well in all situations,  hence its elevation to "Idiot Proof" status.

We've named one exceptional plant and have it in tissue culture now. We hope to make it available within the next 12 months. It's a pink selection with the coolest dissection on the edges of the petals.  The flowers really do look like snowflakes,  but they last much longer.  We call it Primula 'Pink Snowflakes' and rather than clog up your computer with another attachment,  we'll tell you where you can go look at it.  Just click on http://www.sunfarm.com/images/lg/primulapin ksnowflakes-l.jpg .

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