Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.
The orange-flowered Bulley’s primrose (Primula bulleyana) is one of several species of candelabra primroses.
All display their blooms in whorled tiers, stacked vertically on a tall stem.
Native to the forested mountains of Yunnan in China, it is growing in a perfect spot at western end of our Shade Border, not far from Wave Hill House. The soil there is deep and moist and the surrounding trees provide just the right amount of shade.
The specific epithet bulleyana honors Arthur Bulley, a British nurseryman who introduced many new plants to the horticultural trade in the early 20th century.
The word primrose (and the genus name Primula) is derived from the Latin word primus, meaning first, because certain species of primrose are some of the earliest plants to bloom in spring.