Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Primula incana M.E. Jones
- Family: Primrose (Primulaceae)
- Flowering: June-August
- Field Marks: The distinctive features of this primrose are its white to lilac flowers with deeply lobed petals and the white-mealy lower surface of the leaves.
- Habitat: Wet meadows, along streams, in swamps.
- Habit: Perennial herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Upright, without leaves, unbranched, up to 15 inches tall, bearing only flowers.
- Leaves: All basal, oblanceolate, up to 3 1/2 inches long, up to 1 inch wide, more or less rounded at the tip, tapering to the base, white-mealy on the lower surface, with or without a few teeth.
- Flowers: 3-12 at the tip of a leafless stem, subtended by bracts 1/4-1/2 inch long.
- Sepals: 5, green, united below, 1/3-1/2 inch long, the tube about twice as long as the lobes.
- Petals: 5, white to lilac, united below, deeply lobed, 1/3-1/2 inch long.
- Stamens: 5, attached to the tube of the petals.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Fruits: Capsules ovoid, smooth, up to 1/2 inch long; seeds numerous.
- Notes: The leaves may be browsed by deer.
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