With its bright magenta petals and little yellow “eye,” Parry’s Primrose (Primula parryi) is easy to spot in the subalpine and alpine zones of Colorado’s mountains. This is a plant that likes to get its feet wet, so it will generally be found along streams and in boggy areas. The whole plant is reported to exude a rather unpleasant, skunklike smell.
Parry’s Primrose was named after British-American botantist Charles Christopher Parry, who extensively studied the Colorado mountain flora in the 1860s. Mr. Parry has tons of flowers and trees named after him, as well as Parry Peak, one of Colorado’s 637 “thirteeners.”