Primula mistassinica Michx.
Coefficient of Conservatism: 10
Coefficient of Wetness: -3
Wetness Index: FACW
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

This attractive little plant is the only true primrose, in the traditional sense, native in the region. Ranging from Labrador to western Yukon, as it comes south it seems concentrated near the shores of the Great Lakes, where it is often abundant in moist calcareous meadows and interdunal flats. Otherwise, especially inland, it is local in fens, on calcareous banks, and seepy limestone and sandstone cliffs.

Wherever one finds butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris) one is almost certain to find this Primula closely associated, although the latter is more widespread. Other characteristic associates include such calciphiles as Selaginella selaginoides, Carex crawei, C. garberi, Eleocharis quinqueflora, Rhynchospora capillacea, and Parnassia parviflora.


Alcona County
Alger County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Including Drummond Island
Delta County
Eaton County
Emmet County
Grand Traverse County
Houghton County
Iosco County
Jackson County
Kalkaska County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Marquette County
Montmorency County
Oakland County
Oscoda County
Otsego County
Presque Isle County
Schoolcraft County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. September 22, 2021.