shooting star
8 species
5 subspecies and varieties
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Dodecatheon alpinumalpine shootingstar
Distribution: Known from south-central portion of Washington; Washington south to California, east to Utah and Arizona.
Habitat: Moist to wet areas in the mountains.
Origin: Native
Flowers: June-August
Dodecatheon austrofrigidumtundra shootingstar
Distribution: Occurring in coastal counties in southwestern Washington; Washington south to northwestern Oregon in coastal counties.
Habitat: Moist basaltic slopes, cliff faces, in coniferous forests along streams, or in alpine meadows.
Origin: Native
Flowers: April-May
Dodecatheon conjugensslimpod shooting star, desert shooting star
Distribution: East slopes of the Cascades, British Columbia to California, east to Alberta and Wyoming
Habitat: Vernally moist areas in sagebrush to meadows at mid-elevations in the mountains
Origin: Native
Flowers: April - June
Dodecatheon dentatumwhite shooting star
Distribution: Olympic Mountains and east of the Cascades, British Columbia to northern Oregon; also in central Idaho
Habitat: Streambanks and other wet places at moderate elevations in the mountains
Origin: Native
Flowers: May - July
Dodecatheon hendersoniibroad-leaved shooting star, Henderson's shooting star
Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California.
Habitat: Woods and prairies, at low elevations in our area.
Origin: Native
Flowers: March-June
Dodecatheon jeffreyitall mountain shooting star, Jeffrey's shooting star
Distribution: Alaska to California, east to Montana and Wyoming; in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains in Washington
Habitat: Wet meadows and stream banks, mid- to high elevations in the mountains
Origin: Native
Flowers: June - August
Dodecatheon poeticumpoet's shootingstar, narcissus shooting star
Distribution: From around Satus Creek, Yakima County, Washington, to Klickitat and Skamania Counties, south to Wasco and Hood River Counties, Oregon.
Habitat: Grassy slopes to drier woods, usually where vernally moist, often near seeps or springs along basaltic outcrops.
Origin: Native
Flowers: March - May
Dodecatheon pulchellum
Distribution: Alaska to Mexico, east to Pennsylvania; found throughout the Pacific Northwest
Habitat: Coastal prairies to inland saline swamps and shrub-steppe, sea level to timberline
Origin: Native
Flowers: April-July
var. cusickii – Cusick's shootingstar, Cusick's shooting star, sticky shooting star
var. pulchellum – dark-throated shooting star