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Primula chionantha subsp. chionantha (Cy)

snow-white primrose

P. chionantha subsp. chionatha is a rosette-forming, deciduous perennial with mid-green leaves up to 25cm long covered in white or yellow meal. From late spring to early summer stout, mealy stems produce one or more whorls of pendant, tubular to funnel shaped, scented, milk-white flowers up to 2.5cm across

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer White Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Primulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Primula are herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials, forming a basal rosette of simple leaves, with salver-shaped or bell-shaped flowers which may be solitary or carried in an umbel or in whorls on an erect stem

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Yunnan, China

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in partial shade in deep, humus-rich, moist, neutral to acid soil. Will tolerate sun if soil remains moist at all times. Benefits from regular division

Propagation

Propagate by seed in containers in a frame as soon as ripe or in late winter or in early spring; or divide in early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, caterpillars, slugs and vine weevil

Diseases

Brown core of primulas, grey moulds, primula leaf spot and a virus may be a problem

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