People often ask what are those striking flowers on the tall stalks, growing by the stream; when told these are Japanese primroses people look closer and note that the leaves are, indeed, similar, but the tall flowers fooled them!.
From the Sunshine Farm and Gardens: Ahhhh, there’s nothing like a colony of Japanese Primroses to bring color to and brighten up a shady area. Here’s a plant, that given the right conditions, will bloom in a multitude of shades from pure white to deep red in early to mid Summer. By the right conditions, I mean a cool, moist root run. They are native to sometimes soggy areas in Japan, but do well in a shady, well mulched border in just about any climate.
The tall spikes of flowers start as tight little buds in the center of the plant. Somehow, as if by magic, they start elongating over a period of weeks until there are several concentric rings or whorls of flowers – some blooming, some in bud and some setting seed. They resemble candelabras of sorts and so they have become known as “The Candelabra Primrose” […]