Dodecatheon amethystinum (Fassett) Fassett
Amethyst shootingstar, Jeweled shootingstar
Primulaceae (Primrose Family)
USDA Symbol: DOAM
An 8-16 in. flower stalk rises over a basal rosette of leaves. At the top, the flower stalk divides into numerous branches, each ending in a rose-crimson flower. The five petals diverge backward to form a shooting star.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May
DistributionUSA: IA , IL , MN , MO , PA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: Lower Susquehanna & Schuylkill R. valleys in e. PA; n. WV; & driftless areas of WI, MN, IL & IA
Native Habitat: Damp, calcereous cliffs & banks along streams
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Mesic, limey soils
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Best propagated by division. Dig mature crowns in July, when dormant, then divide and replant. Very fine seed germinates, but seedlings grow very slowly.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Moist or dry stratification, or fresh seed
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dodecatheon amethystinum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dodecatheon amethystinum in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff