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Dodecatheon alpinum
alpine shooting star

Distribution: Occurring in the south-central portion of Washington; Washington to California, east to Utah and Arizona.

Habitat: Moist to wet areas in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Scapose, tufted, herbaceous perennial, often bearing bulblets at the base, the scapes 1-3 dm. tall, usually glabrous.


Leaves all basal, linear-lanceolate, obtuse or rounded, 3-10 cm. long and 3-15 mm. broad, entire, gradually contracted to winged petioles.


Flowers 1-9 in an umbel, terminal on the scape; sepals 4, narrowly lanceolate, 4--7 mm. long, glabrous, with purple flecks; corolla with a short tube, the 4 petals 10-18 mm. long, purplish, the tube yellowish, but purple-red-ringed at base; filaments under 1 mm. long; anthers 5-8 mm. long, purplish; stigma capitate, about twice the thickness of the style at mid-length.


Capsule oblong-ovoid, 5-8 mm. long, opening by valves to the tip.

Accepted Name:
Dodecatheon alpinum (A. Gray) Greene
Publication: Erythea. 3: 39. 1895. 1895.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Primula tetrandra (Suksd. ex Greene) A.R. Mast & Reveal
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Dodecatheon alpinum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Dodecatheon alpinum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Dodecatheon alpinum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Dodecatheon alpinum photos.

USDA Plants: Dodecatheon alpinum information.

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