Primula longipes is a close relative of P. nivalis but appears to differ from the typical P. nivalis species by the farina and thin texture of the leaves. It is quite similar to P. nivalis var. farinosa from further East in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Xinjiang but supposed to differ by the longer petioles and thin leaf texture. P. longipes forms a resting bud with persistent bud scales. Leaves oblong, rounded at the apex, with a dentate, farinose margin and a broadly winged petiole equalling the blade, underneath white farinose, thickly on the margins. Flowers in one or two umbels, annulate, violet with a white eye. Capsule 2-3 times the calyx.