Primulina (Chirita) ‘Moonlight’

Primulina ‘Moonlight’. 2000, IR00730, John Boggan, DC. (P. dryas (C. sinensis) ‘Hisako’ x P. spadiciformis). Cross made summer, 1996, planted Nov. 1996 and first flowered Aug. 1998. Sterile and reproducible only vegetatively. Stemless rosette with leaves in whorls of three, usually less than 12 in. across. Leaf 4-5 in. long x 2 – 2 ½ in. wide with ½ -1 in. petiole, smooth, medium green with distinct silver or silvery-green pattern, elliptic with indistinctly crenate mar­gin, acute tip and cuneate base. Calyx pale green, split. Peduncle to 5 in. tall, with 4-6 flowers per leaf axil. Corolla salverform, 1 ½ in.long, 1 in. wide, tube pale lavender, limb medium blue-purple. Plant has silver markings like ‘Hisako’ but plant is more compact and flowers are much larger. Leaf mark­ings are more distinct than its sibling ‘Blue Moon’. First published 1999, CrossWords 23 (2)4-5. First commercial listing 2001, Belisle’s Violet House cat.

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