Drumstick Primrose
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Drumstick Primrose
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Drumstick Primrose
Botanical name: Primula denticulata    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Primula aequalis, Primula elata, Primula telemachica

Drumstick Primrose is a beautiful Himalayan herb with pretty purple to mauvish-blue flowers with yellowish throats, in compact spherical heads, borne on stout flowering stems 3-15 cm tall. Flowers are 1-2 cm across, with deeply bilobed petals, and a flower tube 0.2-2 cm long. Leaves occur in compact rosette at the base, oblong to inverted-lance-shaped, narrowing down to a winged leaf-stalk. Leaves enlarge quite a bit after flowering, reach up to 30 cm. Drumstick Primrose is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Burma, at altitudes of 1500-4500 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Ratna Ghosh Photographed in Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand & Sikkim.

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