The flower of Parry’s Primrose has striking magenta petals with a yellow eye and can be found on the edges of streams in Colorado’s subalpine and alpine areas.
Its scientific name, Primula parryi, comes from the Latin word for “early spring” and is also named after British-American botanist, Charles Parry, who “discovered” it in 1861. (One of Colorado’s Thirteeners, Parry Peak, was also named after him).
The downside of this beautiful bloom is that it exudes a rather unpleasant skunk-like odor, especially when touched, so it’s best to keep your distance!
Close relative Alpine Primrose (Primula augustifolia) resides in the rocky tundra of Colorado’s highest mountain peaks.