WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 

Spreading by rhizomes, these dainty plants with 4–8-inch tall leafless stems can cover a hillside or rocky outcrop with clusters of showy magenta flowers with lemon-yellow centers. Note the basal leaves are lined with small teeth.


FLOWERS: May–September. Blooming on a scape (leafless stem) 6–10-inches long in clusters with 4–12 flowers, the 3/8–3/4-inch (1–2 cm) wide flowers have 5 notched petals varying from rose to deep magenta or blue to purple, with bright yellow throats.


LEAVES: Basal. Lance- to spatula-shaped, 1 1/2–6-inches (4–15 cm) long, 3/8–3/4-inch (1–2 cm) wide, thick, margins with evenly spaced, fine, shallow teeth. The bracts (calyx) beneath each flower are green to brown, sharp pointed, surrounded by white wool.


HABITAT: Shady, gravelly loam, granite, limestone, rock ledges, vertical cliffs, alpine meadows; Douglas fir-ponderosa pine, aspen forests.


ELEVATION: 6,700–11,800 feet.


RANGE: AZ, NM.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Ellis’s Primrose (formerly separated as Primula ellisiae) in the Sandia Mountains has a flowering scape (stem) about equal to the leaf length. Perry’s Primrose, P. parryi, in wet soils of northern NM mountains, has scapes 10–15-inches tall and usually leaves without teeth. Alpine Primrose, P. angustifolia, has scapes 2-inches tall with only 1–2 flowers.


NM COUNTIES: NM mountains in mid- to high-elevation, moist habitats: Bernalillo, Catron, Grant, Lincoln, Otero, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Sierra, Socorro.

RUSBY’S  PRIMROSE

PRIMULA  RUSBYI  (includes PRIMULA  ELLISIAE)

Primulaceae, Primrose Family

Perennial herb

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Primula rusbyi, Magdalena Mountains, has flower stems (scapes) twice as long as the leaves.

Primula rusbyi (P. ellisiae) Sandia Mountains, has flower stems (scapes) about as long as the leaves.

Leaves basal and with tiny teeth on edges. (photo Magadelina Mountains)

Primula rusbyi, Magdalena Mountains. Note the long flower stems.

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