Primula polyanthus "Barnhaven Garnet Cowichans"
These primroses were grown from seeds from Barnhaven Primroses in France. They are derived from the original Cowichan primroses grown and perfected by Florence Bellis in Cowichan Station, Canada, and continued by growers in England and now France. They are noted for their rich colors (in this case, deep garnet and ruby) that reach the centers of the blooms, leaving little or no eye. They are also noted for their bronzed leaves.
Care: Primroses like neutral or slightly acid, well-drained soil, and partial shade.
They like a partially shaded position and large quantities of organic matter. Barnhaven recommends a slope under deciduous trees or northeast facing bed, dividing every two to three years, and feeding with a weak solution high in potash or a tomato fertilizer every 10 days from the time the buds start to form until the first flowers open. Avoid full sun, dry conditions, and a covering of leaves in winter will
help protect the plants during freeze and thaw conditions.