The Fairy primrose (Primula malacoides) belongs to Primulaceae (the Primrose family). It is a perennial herb that is distributed in south-central China, from Guizhou to Yunnan provinces. It grows in mountainous areas and is 20-40 cm tall. The leaves are oblong-ovate to elliptic-ovate and basal. From January to May, the flower stalks extend to produce several tiers of whorl-like inflorescences, which produce white, pink, red, purple, and other colors of flowers. Currently on the market are horticultural varieties that have been improved in Europe. It is called "Otome-zakura" (maiden cherry) in Japanese. Its Chinese name is "報春花" (bao chun hua).