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Regional Picks: Overlooked Plants – Northeast

Fine Gardening - Issue 144



Kisoana primrose (Primula kisoana)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 4 to 8 inches tall and indefinite width

Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist soil

Kisoana primrose is one of the easiest primroses to grow but one known by few gardeners. Many hairy, scalloped leaves that are not primroselike grow large after the lovely rose-colored flowers finish in midspring. From the crown, this plant sends out underground stolons in all directions. New crowns pop up like little satellites, eventually forming a small ground cover. Not fussy about soil, it seems to grow well in all degrees of shade. Like all primroses, kisoana is not eaten by deer.


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