Japanese Primrose

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Ericales Primulaceae Primula Primula sieboldii
  • Plant Type: Deciduous perennial.
  • Common Names: Siebold’s Primrose, cherry blossom primrose, Japanese woodland Primrose, Geisha girl, Madam butterfly, Japanese Primrose.
  • Colors: Crimson, pink, white.
  • Flower Dimensions: 0.98 to 1.57 inches wide.
  • Flowering Season: Late spring to early summer (May to June).
  • Places in japan with Japanese Primrose: light woodland and damp meadows.

Japanese Primrose

Japanese Primrose is called sakurasou in Japan because it resembles Sakura, the flowering cherry tree. Japanese Primrose is a perennial plant awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

Japanese Primrose Flower

  • The leaves of the Japanese Primrose possess a rosette arrangement. The hairy petiole measures 1.4-4.7 inches in length.
  • The Japanese Primrose comprises 5-15 flowers in an umbel inflorescence. The flowers are salver-shaped or bell-shaped.
  • Primula sieboldii can quickly grow to a height of 12-18 inches and a width of 30-45 cm.

Japanese Primrose Flowers

Interesting Facts about Japanese Primrose

Primula Sieboldii

  • The floral language[1] of sakurasou is “desire” and “long-lasting love“.
  • Japanese Primrose also implies first Love, youthful Love, and longing.
  • The Japanese meaning of sakurasou is desperate[2], while the Western meaning is eternal Love.
  • The petals of the primrose flower represent the stages of femininity. This includes birth, life itself, consummation, and death.
  • The white primroses are usually given to denote mourning and sadness.
Suggested Reading: Many Types of Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“Sakurasou (Primula sieboldii) | Focus Viewpoint”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [2]“17 Japanese Flower Meanings”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.


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