Dodecatheon hendersonii A. Gray
Mosquito Bills, Broad-leaved Shooting Star
Primulaceae (Primrose Family)
USDA Symbol: DOHE
A colony-forming perennial with basal rosettes of broad, rounded leaves subtending a 6-16 in., naked flowering stem. Purple or pink 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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: CA , OR , WA
Native Distribution: B.C. through most of CA, except s.w. portion
Native Habitat: A variety of shaded sites below 4000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil Description: Moist soil in winter & spring.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Ornamental: Good for rock, meadow and open woodland gardens.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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. Plants do not flower for the first 2-3 years but develop a tuber-like root system.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 928 - 100 easy-to-grow native plants for Canadian gardens (2005) Johnson, L.; A. Leyerle
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dodecatheon hendersonii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dodecatheon hendersonii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dodecatheon hendersonii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-12-15
Research By: TWC Staff