Primula vulgaris 'Belarina Blue Champion' PPAF
Blue Champion Hardy Primrose
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Item #: 15882
Zones: 5a to 7b, at least
Dormancy: Summer, Fall
Height: 7" tall
Primula vulgaris 'Belarina Blue Champion' is another cultivar in the amazing series of winter hardy primrose hybrids. In late February/early March (NC), the ground-hugging rosettes of crinkled green foliage are topped with dense clusters of double blue flowers...almost unreal. Primula 'Belarina Blue Champion' goes summer dormant, before re-emerging in very late fall, so mark the spot in your woodland garden.
Primula vulgaris, the Common or English Primrose, as well as its hybrid offspring, Primula x polyantha (Primula veris x Primula vulgaris) can succeed in zone 7. It is essential that those growing them select cultivars or seed strains that are known to succeed in their climate. Some common seed strains were developed primarily as florist pot plants and generally don't persist in the ground. It is also essential that the gardener understand that Primula vulgaris and Primula x polyantha are semi-dormant during midsummer. They can look dreadful then, the foliage often yellowing. At this stage it is not uncommon for the foliage to be attacked by spider mites. It is not necessary to do anything at this time except perhaps look the other way, though a good soaking of the plants would be beneficial. The plants, following their own internal clock, will freshen up come early fall. At this point they will produce all new foliage which will then remain fresh until the following summer. This is a good time to remove any remaining foliage from the previous year. Early fall, as they resume growth, is the perfect time to divide well-established clumps. Dig the entire clump up and divide it into smaller pieces, even into individual crowns. Replant them where they are to bloom; water thoroughly and water once or twice a week until they re-establish. Even the small divisions should flower come spring. Old clumps do benefit from this type of division. This is about all of the maintenance that they require.
Primula vulgaris and Primula x polyantha want bright shade, or just a few hours of direct sun. Deciduous shade is better than evergreen shade for these primroses will make use of the winter sun. Moist, well drained soils are best. They will tolerate brief periods of drought but will not thrive in a chronically dry spot.
The floral display of primroses is quite showy and a delightful addition to the spring garden