drumstick flowersInitial growth of drumstick is somewhat rounded or , sometimes star-shaped bud at soil level. Generally you will find   yellow-green chalky colored nascent leaves and flower buds are covered with pale yellow wax. Even at this early stage, its elegance and decorative value is spectacular. The protective wax coat persists on the leaves and stems right up to flowering time in a few weeks.

Shaped like a drumstick for a big bass drum, the drumstick primrose, though ready to flower, it is very tentative about pushing up its flowers. The drumstick primrose flower is native to China, where it grows in meadows and rocky areas on the lower reaches of the Himalayas. Being a mountain flower, it responds early to the relative warmth of an Irish spring.

During chilly weather the buds will stay as they are, however, warm days will bring rapid growth. The first flowers generally appear during the time when snowdrops are in flower, and the combination of white snowdrops and lavender primroses is really beautiful. The primroses are much taller and often show color in the flowers before their full stem height is reached.

The round shape of the flower heads is eye-catching as there are very few globe-shapes in nature, and just a few flowers of this distinctive shape. It brings liveliness to the garden in spring and the pale blue-purple color is a perfect contrast for yellow daffodils that follow on after the snowdrops have finished.

In case of pale lavender, the color of the flowers is varied. Plants flower in various shades of pale lilac to pink-purple and there are selected forms, such as ‘Alba’ which is pure white and can be very cool and elegant. ‘Lilac’ is pale violet and ‘Ruby’ is a good rich red-purple. The differing shades of color look really well when planted together randomly in a group.

If the drumstick is sown during late February or early in March, the plants should be big enough to flower the following spring, depending on how good the site is.

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