Dawn Ansell Primrose
Primula 'Dawn Ansell'
Dawn Ansell Primrose flowers
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Height: 6 inches
Spacing: 6 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Double English Primrose
This variety features clusters of elegant, rose-like, white double blooms with warm golden centers, above green crinkled foliage for striking contrast; an illuminating display in a border or container planting
Dawn Ansell Primrose features delicate clusters of white round flowers with gold eyes rising above the foliage from early to late spring. Its crinkled oval leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning dark green in colour the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Dawn Ansell Primrose is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Dawn Ansell Primrose is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Dawn Ansell Primrose will grow to be only 5 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Dawn Ansell Primrose is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
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