Primula: Primula moupinensis
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The plant I have under this name, when dormant forms rosettes which detach themselves from both parent and ground and give the impression that they spread in a "tumbleweed" fashion and that the plants detach and root again when conditions are suitable. Any comments?
Yes, P. moupinensis produces stolons after flowering which have small rosettes at the end which root readily. Eventually the stolons wither and the rosette forms a little resting bud. If this has not rooted by November or so, it usually also withers. It is possible that before then it can be successfully dispersed by wind or rain to root if it lodges, but I doubt if this is often successful and most dispersal will be to the length of the stolons. The attached photo shows the resting buds which have formed from stolons in winter.