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Dodecatheon clevelandii (Padre's shootingstar)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Dodecatheon clevelandii

Dodecatheon clevelandii Greene

Padre's Shootingstar

Primulaceae (Primrose Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A colony-forming perennial with basal rosettes of broad, rounded, light-green leaves subtending a 16 in., naked flowering stem. Two to sixteen, magenta to white cyclamen-like flowers nod in clusters from the top of the stem. Four or five showy petals are swept backward, and the beak-like dark stamens and stigma shoot forward and downward.

This plant is dormant by midsummer.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Dec


Native Distribution: S. CA & adj. Mex.
Native Habitat: Cismontane grassy slopes & flats

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Soil Description: Well-drained, nutrient-rich soils; moist in winter & spring.
Conditions Comments: This plant is dormant by mid-summer.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Bumble Bees

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


Description: Propagate by root division or seed. Plant seeds preferably in fall. Seedlings take four or more years to mature and flower. Rootstocks should be divided in fall, making sure each piece has as least one bud.
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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