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Primula veris 'Sunset Shades'

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula (PRIM-yew-luh) (Info)
Species: veris (VER-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunset Shades

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wakingdream On Jan 26, 2015, wakingdream from Allentown, PA wrote:

A very hardy and reliable early season bloomer. Striking color combination. Easily divided after blooming to increase the size of the colony. Mine are thriving in half shade, getting some strong early morning sun. They are near some mature Spruces so it is not a very moist area. A memorable and generous gift from a fellow gardener.

Positive gardeningfun On Apr 17, 2010, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant over-wintered great here in Geneva, Ohio. It is very cold and windy in my area and especially in my yard.
We had tons of snow and this came right back. It was one of the first things to look good and healthy. It bloomed a week ago and is growing each day. I bought 3 babies from Bluestone nursery, down the street and they are great. They are only 3 inches tall yet, but they haven't reached their height yet. The other species like this that I bought, (Cabrillo), is already 6 inches and growing daily, too. They are so cute. I love them.


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

Anchorage, Alaska
Richmond, California
Oakland, Maryland
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Geneva, Ohio
Allentown, Pennsylvania

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