Primula suffrutescens

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Weiser
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Primula suffrutescens

Primula suffrutescens is a Sierra Nevada endemic found at high elevations on damp granitic screes and talus slopes. These seeps are kept moist by melting snow.
The plants form large mats, (I have seen several up to six foot across) with stems rooting as they run. When not in flower it is easy to mistake the plant (at first glance) for a sedum. The leaves are a yellow/ green color, thick, spoon shaped and succulent looking with a few rounded teeth along the end. When in flower there is no mistaking it's identity. There is some variance in color intensity from plant to plant.

http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=250092239
http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=6871
http://www.sierrawildflowers.org/primula_suffrutescens.htm

Has anyone grown this species? When would be the best time to take cuttings?

RickR
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Compared to most primula, there certainly seems to be a lot of stem on the non-flowering parts.  A nice advantage for rerooting, and pretty, too!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Toole
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Gosh that's a wonderful looking Primula John.

Might have to keep an eye out on the various seedxs for any listing.

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

AmyO
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The American Primrose Society seed-ex will have this one! But I'm thinking it will sell out fast and members get first dibs. Non-members get a chance in the second round distribution. This years list is shaping up to be especially interesting!  :o

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

Hoy
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Seems I missed this beautiful primrose!
Now I know what to look for, Amy ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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It certainly is a beautiful, vivid colour. 
So one does not need to be a member to get seed from the American Primrose Society seedex?  I'm sure a lot of people will find that good to know.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Peter George
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It is a beautiful but astonishingly frustrating primrose. It grows in vernally wet areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and requires very specific garden conditions for it to grow and bloom. I've only had it survive and bloom once, when we had an enormous snowfall in December and the snow stayed covering it until late March, when I found it quite happy and ready to go. It bloomed later that spring but it disappeared during our August 'mugs.' I'll try it again, I suppose, but it isn't easy to please here in New England.

Peter George, Petersham, MA (north central MA, close to the NH/VT borders), zones 5b and 6 around the property.

AmyO
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Lori wrote:

It certainly is a beautiful, vivid colour. 
So one does not need to be a member to get seed from the American Primrose Society seedex?  I'm sure a lot of people will find that good to know.

Yes we're hoping lots of NARGS folks will find this a good reason to try some new Primula! The second round distribution at the end of March is open to all. It gets more seed sold and out into the hands of prospective members. We hope folks will join when they seed what they might miss out on in the first round. You'll find lots more info here http://americanprimrosesociety.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=art...

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

IMYoung
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AmyO wrote:

Lori wrote:

It certainly is a beautiful, vivid colour. 
So one does not need to be a member to get seed from the American Primrose Society seedex?  I'm sure a lot of people will find that good to know.

Yes we're hoping lots of NARGS folks will find this a good reason to try some new Primula! The second round distribution at the end of March is open to all. It gets more seed sold and out into the hands of prospective members. We hope folks will join when they seed what they might miss out on in the first round. You'll find lots more info here http://americanprimrosesociety.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=art...

I've posted this info, plus a link to the APS membership page, to the Scottish Rock Garden Club  Forum's Primula page  ;D

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

AmyO
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I've posted this info, plus a link to the APS membership page, to the Scottish Rock Garden Club  Forum's Primula page 

Thanks so much!! ;D ;D ;D

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

IMYoung
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Amy, always happy to help, we reckon the various plant clubs need all the cooperation they can get and we do what we can.

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

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