Primula incana (Mealy Primrose) - photos and description

Primula incana

Primula incana

Primula incana

Primula incana

Primula incana

Primula incana
All leaves basal; one leaf turned over to show the mealy underside

General: Plants have a slender growth habit with a single peduncle arising from a rosette of leaves. Underside of leaves and peduncle are yellow-white mealy.

Flowers: Flowers are pale lilac with a yellow eye, 5 petals, petals are cleft, grow in a dense umbel, and have a slight fragrance. Flowers were measured at 9 mm in diameter.

Leaves: Leaves are all basal in a rosette, spatulate, irregularly toothed with small teeth. Leaf blade measured at 30 mm long and 17 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 30 cm, we've measured plants to 30 cm tall.

Habitat: Saline meadows in the prairies, parklands, and boreal ecoregions.

Abundance: Fairly common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photographs taken June 14th, June 15th, and June 19th in a wet ditch near Hudson Bay, 400 km north east of Regina, SK, and July 3rd in a wet meadow, Meadow Lake Provincial Forest about 500 km northwest of our home in Regina, SK.