Primulina ‘WF’s Bicolor Bowl’

Primulina ‘WF’s Bicolor Bowl’, 2015, IR151309, Fang Wen; Yi-Gang Wei; Zhi-Guo Zhao; Guangxi Institute of Botany & Gesneriads Conservation Center of China, Guangxi, China (P. laxiflora  P. lutea). Cross made 06/16/12, planted 09/28/12, and first flowered 07/17/13.  Reproducible only vegetatively. Basal rosette.  Leaves dark green in bright scattered light, 11-15 cm long x 9-10.5 cm wide with 4.5-5.5 cm petiole, oricular with entire margin, cuneate base and rounded tip, smooth. Calyx split, pale green to green, ca.1.2 cm long. Pedicel ca. 3 cm, 5-8 flowers per axil. Corolla salverform, 2.5-3.5 cm long, 2-2.5 cm bicolor, the five petals pinkish purple & the corolla tube and inside pale yellow to yellow. The hybrid inherited the main colors from parents (yellow and purplish blue) so that the color of corolla is bicolor. The shape of corolla obviously inherited from a pollen parent, looks similar to a bowl. The color of the corolla in yellow and purplish blue unique in all species and garden varieties of Primulina at present. Florescence is long from July to almost November. Prefers brightly scattered natural light, can be adapted to artificial light, needs moist but well-drained substrate; calcium-rich, do not overfertilize.

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