Monday, June 27, 2016

Parry's Primrose (Primula parryi)

Parry's Primrose, Pfeifferhorn, 6/29/14; David Kenison

Parry's Primrose was named for Dr. Charles Parry, a 19th century explorer, botanist, and mountaineer who discovered many new plant species in the southwest US. The distinctive bright magenta or dark pink flowers on a background of dark green foliage are always eye-catching. The plant can be found in moist areas along streams, springs, and waterfalls at higher altitudes throughout the Wasatch.

This attractive flower has the rather unfortunate quality of an unpleasant odor, especially when the leaves or blooms are touched or disturbed. The odor has been described as "skunky," "fetid," or "carrion."

These photos were taken by the author at a variety of locations around Utah.  Click to view enlargements.

Additional information:
USDA profile
USDA details
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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