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Muller, Thomas L.
Dodecatheon pulchellum (Raf.) Merr.
Darkthroat shooting star, Few-flower shooting star, Western shooting star
USDA Symbol: DOPU
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A few flowers like deep pink darts point in all directions from an umbel atop a long, erect stalk growing from a basal cluster of leaves.
This is a common species, varying in color of the tube below the anthers, presence or absence of glandular hair on foliage, and shape of leaves.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY Canada: BC
, MB Native Distribution:
Throughout. Native Habitat:
From coastal prairies to mountain meadows and streamsides. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2012-04-12
Research By: TWC Staff