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PlantFiles: Double Flowered Primrose
Primula 'Dawn Ansell'

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula (PRIM-yew-luh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dawn Ansell

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under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mehitabel45 On Aug 24, 2013, mehitabel45 from Whidbey Island, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I got this in May at the Master Gardener sale. It was in full bloom and just lovely, looking like tiny rosa rugosa.
It only took them 2 nights to climb the stairs to get the blossoms on it. Definitely a window box plant for next year. Beautiful foliage, that the slugs/snails don't crave as much as the blossoms. (White is their favorite color. Ask me how I know.)

Neutral Baa On Apr 8, 2004, Baa wrote:

A hybrid cultivar with a similar growing habit to one of it's ancestors, Primula vulgaris-Primrose.

Has rosettes of dark green, wrinkled and veined leaves. Bears small, double, white, gives the appearance of tiny rosebuds. Has a very faint scent. This cultivar also has a tendancy for a collar of enlarged leafy bracts sometimes known as 'Jack-in-the-green' in Primulas.

Flowers repeatedly but mainly February to April

Loves a moist but well-drained, leafy, neutral to acid soil in sun to light shade.

The plant is very hardy but the blooms spoil in wet weather.

May be subject to snail and slug damage.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Freeland, Washington

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