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Dodecatheon frigidum (Northern shootingstar)
Mininberg, David T.

Dodecatheon frigidum

Dodecatheon frigidum Cham. & Schltdl.

Northern Shootingstar, Western Arctic Shootingstar, Western Artic Shootingstar

Primulaceae (Primrose Family)



USDA Native Status: AK (N), CAN (N)

From a cluster of smooth, oval leaves, up to 6 in. long, rises a leafless stalk that may be as much as 12 in. high. One to several nodding flowers, borne in terminal clusters, have pointed, magenta petals which are reflexed backward.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun


Canada: BC
Native Distribution: AK & n.w. Canada; also n.e. Asia
Native Habitat: Mt. meadows; moist heaths, tundra & open forests

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Very well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

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 division or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

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


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

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