East and north California
High elevation slopes; rocky areas
Wedge or spatula-shaped (spatulate), about one inch long with distinct teeth at the tips
Primula suffrutescens is a low-growing, mat-forming plant, found on exposed, rocky mountain slopes at high elevations, from central to north California. The unusual toothed leaves form basal rosettes (woody underneath) from which grow leafless stalks up to 6 inches tall bearing a small number (up to 9) of relatively large pink flowers. They measure nearly an inch in diameter and consist of five petals (lobes) enclosing a narrow, tubular center, yellow in color. Each lobe has a notch at the tip.