Vial's Primrose

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Not your grandmother's Primrose! The two-tone spears of Vial's Primrose (Primula vialii) will take your garden beds to the next generation! The petunia-like blossoms of old have been replaced with fantastic wands of red buds with lilac blossoms forming pointed bottlebrushes that reach for the sky!

Vial's Primrose is backed by dense upright clumps of oval bright lemon-lime/chartreuse-green leaves and stems that just shine even when not in bloom! Also known as Redhot Poker Primrose and Orchid Primrose, these are delightful erect growing flowers suitable for containers, garden beds and edging or for a tall vase indoors!

Hardy throughout growing zones 5-8, this unique flowering perennial can get 12-18" tall when in flower and spread to around a foot or under. These tender perennials appreciate being planted among other plants, to shade the roots after the flowers fade in summer.

Planting and Application:

Moisture-loving plants, these are suitable for well-mulched garden beds, Rain and bog gardens and that soggy spot where the gutters drain, just as long as it's also well-drained and not stagnant. Provide mulched garden beds throughout your landscape - perennial and cottage gardens, cut flower beds and of course, pollinator borders where the bees and butterflies will frolic!

Don’t have a suitable garden bed for Vial's Primrose? Add to a planter or patio pot to be able to regulate the moisture in the soil with ease! Balcony gardens and raised beds around your front entry or a mailbox allow you to keep a smaller area well-watered without soaker hoses and lots of fuss! Woodland gardens, shade gardens and more!

  • Dramatic Fragrant Blue Spires
  • Aromatic Gray-Green Foliage
  • Xeric & Adaptable
  • Very Long Bloom Time
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant - Bee, Butterfly & Hummingbird Friendly!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Primrose does best in full sun when planted in cooler climates and does appreciate afternoon shade when planted in the warmer of its growing zone range. Provide highly organic, moist, enriched soil that drained well and has a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch over the surface to hold in moisture and keep roots cool. Deadhead after the blooms fade or let naturalize freely.

  • Full Sun & Part Shade
  • Moist Fertile Soil
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Deadhead After Bloom, Clean Mound in Autumn

Shockingly two-tone red and lavender rockets above bright green leaves, Vial's Primrose adds vivid upright texture and incredible color to your garden! Available now at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Vial's Primrose Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Primula vialii
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 18 inches
Mature Spread 8 - 12 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture High
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant No