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Primula specuicola

Primula specuicola

Primula specuicola

Primula specuicola

Primula specuicola (Alcove Primrose)
Primulaceae (Primrose Family)

Blooming information withheld to protect the plants.

This lovely Colorado Plateau endemic (see the map below) produces clusters of flowers in delicate shades of pink and lavender. At maturity plants can be from 2-10 inches tall and each plant can have umbels with anywhere from 5 to 40 flowers. Leaves over-winter, are prominent very early in the spring, are bicolored with a soft green upper side and a white lower side, and have a bead-like glisten to their surface. 

The plant is often abundant in its special habitat. 

Linnaeus named this genus in 1753.   "Primula", from the Latin for "early spring", refers to the plant's early blooming time, and "specuicola" is Latin for "cave" "inhabiting'.

Per Axel Rydberg discovered this plant for science in Utah in 1911 and named and described it in 1913.

HEY! NEVER PICK THESE OR ANY OTHER FLOWERS
AND IF YOU DO EVER SEE THESE LOVELIES IN PERSON, DON'T GET ANY CLOSER
THAN ABOUT 10 FEET, FOR IF YOU DO YOU WILL ERODE THE SANDS THEY GROW ON.
LET'S NOT LOVE THEM TO DEATH.

Primula specuicola (Alcove Primrose)
Primulaceae (Primrose Family)
Primula specuicola
Primula specuicola (Alcove Primrose)
Primulaceae (Primrose Family)

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

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Species present and not rare
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Species extirpated (historic)
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Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
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Range map for Primula specuicola