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Dodecatheon pulchellum (Darkthroat shooting star)
Muller, Thomas L.

Dodecatheon pulchellum

Dodecatheon pulchellum (Raf.) Merr.

Darkthroat Shooting Star, Few-flower Shooting Star, Western Shooting Star

Primulaceae (Primrose Family)



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

A few flowers like deep pink darts point in all directions from an umbel atop a long, erect stalk growing from a basal cluster of leaves.

This is a common species, varying in color of the tube below the anthers, presence or absence of glandular hair on foliage, and shape of leaves.


From the Image Gallery

22 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC , MB
Native Distribution: Throughout.
Native Habitat: From coastal prairies to mountain meadows and streamsides.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low


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.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed 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 pulchellum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dodecatheon pulchellum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dodecatheon pulchellum


Record Modified: 2012-04-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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