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Dodecatheon alpinum (Alpine shootingstar)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Dodecatheon alpinum

Dodecatheon alpinum (A. Gray) Greene

Alpine Shootingstar

Primulaceae (Primrose Family)

Synonym(s): Primula tetrandra


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A smooth stalk growing from a basal rosette of leaves and topped by an umbel of 1-9 pinkish-purple flowers, each resembling a small rocket.

There are about 10 western species of Dodecatheon with reddish-lavender corollas, two also with a large knob at the end of the style. Tall Mountain Shootingstar (D. jeffryi), found from the Alaskan mountains south to the southern Sierra Nevada and east to Idaho and Montana, has 4-5 corolla lobes and minute, glandular hairs on the leaves and flower cluster. Sticky Shootingstar (D. redolens), found from the mountains of Southern California east to Nevada and Utah, is densely covered with glandular hairs, and its corolla has five lobes; the tubular portion covers the base of the anthers.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , CA , NV , OR , UT
Native Distribution: Eastern Oregon south to southern California and east to Arizona and Utah.
Native Habitat: Mountain meadows and along mountain streams.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Bumble Bees

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

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2012-08-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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