Dodecatheon pulchellum (Raf.) Merr.
Darkthroat shooting star, Few-flower shooting star, Western shooting star
Primulaceae (Primrose Family)
USDA Symbol: DOPU
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: 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.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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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
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dodecatheon pulchellum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dodecatheon pulchellum in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-04-12
Research By: TWC Staff