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Dodecatheon amethystinum (Amethyst shootingstar)
Vick, Albert F. W.

Dodecatheon amethystinum

Dodecatheon amethystinum (Fassett) Fassett

Amethyst shootingstar, Jeweled shootingstar

Primulaceae (Primrose Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: doam

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May

Distribution

USA: 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 Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Mesic, limey soils
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Propagation

Description: 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

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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

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
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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