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Primula Syn. Dodecatheon hendersonii Ex. alba
Shooting star
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Spring
Height 12-18in/30-50cm
Light preference Shade, part-shade
Soil preference Moist, well-drained
Sowing time/depth Late autumn, winter, Barely cover
Unusual and attractive, down-pointing candelabras of white flowers, yellow and black at the tips, appear in Spring on straight stems, arising from a rosette of rather fleshy, mid- to light-green leaves. They seem to be very shade-tolerant - mine are sited under an apple tree and put on a beautiful display.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
The seeds of this plant require a period of cold to break dormancy, so are best sown in late autumn or winter and kept somewhere cool but protected over winter - a cold frame is ideal. Sow onto the surface of moist compost, sifting a very fine layer of sand or vermiculite over the seeds. Germination may take some months. Can also be sown in spring (or any other time of year) but in this case enclose the pot in a sealed plastic bag and keep in the fridge for a month or so before standing in a sheltered position until seedlings develop. Plant out when large enough - this is unlikely to be in the first year.
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