Dodecatheon dentatum Hook.
Dwarf Shootingstar, White Shootingstar
Primulaceae (Primrose Family)
USDA Symbol: DODE
A delicate, dwarf shooting stars, the flowering stem rising only 6 in. above the rosette of crinkled, toothed, basal leaves. Open umbels of white flowers top the flowering stem. Small, dart-like flowers pointing in all directions from ends of branches of an umbel on a stalk growing from a basal rosette of leaves. The petals are abruptly reflexed back over the short floral tube to resemble a jet-propelled missle with a nose-cone of showy, yellow stamens. In addition, there is a showy, reddish-purple spot at the base of each petal.
This species has toothed (dentate) leaves, hence one of its common names. It is the only shooting star to have populations with consistently white flowers. In Utah, petals may be pink or pale violet; elsewhere petals are white or cream. Plants in Arizona and New Mexico have stamens with yellow filaments; in the Northwest filaments are dark maroon or black.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AZ , ID , NM , OR , UT , WA
Native Distribution: E. side of the Cascades from s. B.C. to n. OR, e. to c. ID & n. UT
Native Habitat: Stream banks; shaded, moist slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Shooting stars go dormant almost immediately after flowering.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by division or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dodecatheon dentatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dodecatheon dentatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff