Primulina (Chirita) ‘Blue Moon’

Primulina ‘Blue Moon’. 2000, IR00727, John Boggan, DC. (P. dryas (C. sinensis) ‘Hisako’ x P. spadiciformis). Cross made 1996, planted Nov. 1996 and first flowered Sept. 1998. Sterile. Stemless rosette to 12 in. across, leaves in whorls of 3. Leaves dark green with indistinct lighter green pattern, 4-5 in. long, to 3 in. wide, petiole less than 1 in., hairy, elliptic to ovate, crenate edges, with acute tip and cuneate base. Calyx split, pale green. Peduncle to 5 in. long, with 4-6 flowers per leaf axil. Corolla salverform, 1 ½ in. long x 1 in. wide, tube pale pinkish lavender, limb medium blue purple. The growth habit is similar to P. dryas (C. sinensis) ‘Hisako’ but the leaves have less distinct markings and the flowers are larger. First published 1999, CrossWords , 23 (2) 4-5. First commercial listing, Pat’s Pets, Spring 2000 on-line cat.

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