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Primula parryi (Parry's primrose)
Anderson, Beth

Primula parryi

Primula parryi A. Gray

Parry's Primrose

Primulaceae (Primrose Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Atop a rather stout, leafless flower stalk growing from a basal rosette of rather fleshy, oblong leaves bloom 3-12 deep pink flowers in a loose umbel.

In spite of the plant's carrion odor, its brilliant color makes it a favorite with mountain hikers.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AZ , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , UT , WY
Native Distribution: Idaho and Montana to Nevada, northern Arizona, and northern New Mexico.
Native Habitat: Wet ground, often along streams, at high elevations.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Primula parryi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Primula parryi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Primula parryi


Record Modified: 2023-05-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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