Primula laurentiana is mostly a boreal or alpine perennial herb growing mainly in calcareous areas in meadows, and on basalt cliffs and ledges. The lilac-coloured flowers form an umbel atop a long stalk between 10 and 40 cm high. The tubular corolla expands into five notched petals. The style and anthers are enclosed within a yellow-throated tubular calyx. Spatulate-shaped dentate leaves form a basal rosette with the undersides of the leaves coated in a mealy powder. Flowering time is late May-July depending on the location. Bird's-eye primula is apparently secure in Ontario and Quebec, critically imperiled in New Brunswick, vulnerable in Nova Scotia, not found in Prince Edward Island, not ranked in Labrador and Newfoundland, and in Maine, the only state where it is found, it is imperiled.
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|May 30, 2005 Digby County, Brier Island. Photographer: Ocotillo.|