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Dodecatheon austrofrigidum
tundra shooting star

Distribution: Occurring in coastal counties in southwestern Washington; Washington to northwestern Oregon in coastal counties.

Habitat: Moist basaltic slopes, cliff faces, in coniferous forests along streams, or in alpine meadows.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Endangered in Washington (WANHP)


Glabrous to glandular-pubescent, scapose, perennial herbs with fibrous roots, the scapes erect, simple, 10-45 cm. tall.


Leaves all basal, 2.5-30 cm. long and 0.7-7 cm. wide, petiolate, the petiole winged; leaf blade narrowly to broadly elliptic or ovate, tapering to petiole, entire to dentate or denticulate.


Inflorescence a 1- to 7-flowered umbel, with lanceolate bracts 2.5-10 mm. long; pedicles 0.5-4.5 cm. long; calyx green, 5-11 mm. long, 5-lobed, the tube 1.5-2 mm. long; corolla tube white with purplish, wavy ring, the 5 lobes magenta, 15-20 mm. long, strongly reflexed; stamens 5, opposite the petals; filaments distinct, dark maroon, 0.5-1.8 mm. long; stigma not enlarged compared to style.


Capsules greenish to tannish with purple speckles, ovoid, 6-16 mm. long, glabrous.

Accepted Name:
Dodecatheon austrofrigidum K.L. Chambers
Publication: Sida. 22: 462, figs. 1-3. 2006. 2006.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Primula austrofrigidum (K.L. Chambers) A.R. Mast & Reveal
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Dodecatheon austrofrigidum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Dodecatheon austrofrigidum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Dodecatheon austrofrigidum photos.

USDA Plants: Dodecatheon austrofrigidum information.

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