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Dodecatheon jeffreyi (Sierra shootingstar)
Gammill, Lynn Crosby

Dodecatheon jeffreyi

Dodecatheon jeffreyi Van Houtte

Sierra Shootingstar, Tall Mountain Shootingstar

Primulaceae (Primrose Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

The "giant" of shootingstars, this colony-forming perennial bears basal rosettes of long, rounded leaves subtending a naked flowering stem to 2 ft. tall. Red-purple, 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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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , CA , ID , MT , OR , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: Mts. of n. & c. CA to s. AK & MT
Native Habitat: Wet mt. sites; 2300-10,000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Moist to wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Flowers have a white ring around base where few flowered shooting star has two yellow rings around the base.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

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

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


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

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