I found this pretty little primrose last year, and put it in the semi-shade garden.  It performed well last  growing, blooming and holding up well against the bunnies and deer.

Primula kisoana is a good choice in a woodland garden.  It does well in moist or dry conditions.  In our yard, it is in a rich, reasonably well-drained soil in a semi – shady area.   It will tolerate some drought.

It is an endangered species in its native habitat in Japan, growing in meadows and on hillsides.

It spreads quickly underground by runners, forming very thick colonies.  It could be considered invasive, if you don’t have much room, on the other hand, it’s perfect if you are hoping to fill an area with a ground cover in the woodland garden.

 The photo on the right has   arrows indicating most of the  spring sprouts in one year.  As you can see, it is a very generous spreader.

Kisoana grows 6-12 inches high,  has a velvet, round, deeply lobed leaf and blooms with intense pink  flowers April – June.  Zones 5 -8.

If you are adding this primrose to your wish list.  I paid about $8.00 at one of our local nurseries.  I saw them for less and more online.

Keep growing primroses!  In our yard they are one of the most interesting, most colorful, consistently good performers with very little effort.

About ourhomeinthewoods

I am a wife, mother and nana to an amazing little girl! My husband and I have been working on a huge DIY project for since 1999 and for the foreseeable future. A great house and garden on almost 10 acres in the beautiful, scenic Snoqualmie Valley in the Pacific Northwest. We are very enthusiastic amature gardeners and do-it-yourselfers. We also try to balance great results with great economy, or in other words, we love saving money. The more we save, the more we can spend on more great plants!
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