Primula sinopurpurea
Chinese Primrose
Primulaceae or Primrose Family
16 inches tall - lilac with a white eye
Full sun to part shade
Fertile, constantly-moist soil
Mid-Spring
Propagate by seed or division (easy)
Photo by Jane Hendrix

In spring, when this lovely primrose resumes growth,
the yellow farina on the underside of the leaves
is so conspicuous that I at first think
there is an early spring flower in bloom!

The large clusters of white-eyed, lilac flowers
top 16-inch stems. It enjoys constantly moist,
fertile soil in full sun at my 10,000-foot altitude.