Woolly Rock Jasmine
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Woolly Rock Jasmine
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Woolly Rock Jasmine
Botanical name: Androsace lanuginosa    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Named for its woolly silver-green leaves, this mounding Himalayan native produces clusters of delicate pink and white florets, with eyes sometimes crimson, sometimes green. The flowers beautifully change color between pink, white and red, as they age. The flowers are also lightly scented. The loose mats or cushions of interlacing, trailing stems are tinged red in youth and branch freely from the leaf axils. It is a runner bearing perennial herb. Leaves are 6-27 x 4-7 mm, lanceshaped to elliptic-ovate, silky ovate. Flowering stem are solitary, 2-10 cm long, stout, hairy. Bracts 4-6 mm long, oblong-lanceshaped or lanceshaped, equalling or shorter than the flower-stalk, hairy. Flower-stalks 5-10 mm long. Flower limb is about 8.5 mm broad, petals 3.3-5 mm long, obovate-blunt, wavy to ą lobulate, with a few hairs on the outer surface; throat barely annulate. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Kufri, Himachal Pradesh.

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