Dodecatheon conjugens
Bonneville shooting star, slimpod shooting star

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Alberta and Wyoming.

Habitat: Vernally moist areas in sagebrush to meadows at mid-elevations in the mountains

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Scapose, perennial herbs without rhizomes, the flowering stems 1-3 dm. tall.


Leaves basal, glabrous to puberulent, the blades usually lanceolate to oblanceolate, 3-20 cm. long, narrowed to winged petioles that are somewhat shorter.


Flowers 1-10 in an umbel, terminal on the scape, usually 5-parted on recurved pedicels; calyx with a short tube, the lobes lanceolate, purple-spotted, glabrous, 3-6 mm. long; corolla with a very short tube, the lobes 1-3 cm. long, usually rose-pink to deep orchid, strongly reflexed, the tube yellowish with a purplish-red ring; stamens clustered around the style, opposite the petals, the filaments about 1 mm. long, usually yellow and smooth; anthers 6-8 mm. long, usually deep purple; style single, slightly exceeding the stamens, stigma not enlarged.


Capsule cylindric-ovoid, 8-12 mm. long, with the tip dropping off to release the seeds.

Accepted Name:
Dodecatheon conjugens Greene
Publication: Erythea. 3: 40. 1895. 1895.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Dodecatheon conjugens Greene ssp. conjugens [KZ99]
Dodecatheon conjugens Greene ssp. viscidum (Piper) H.J. Thomp. [KZ99]
Dodecatheon conjugens Greene var. beamishiae B. Boivin
Dodecatheon conjugens Greene var. conjugens [FNA8, HC]
Dodecatheon conjugens Greene var. viscidum (Piper) H. Mason ex H. St. John [FNA8, HC]
Dodecatheon viscidum Piper
Primula conjugens (Greene) A.R. Mast & Reveal
Primula conjugens (Greene) A.R. Mast & Reveal var. viscida (Piper) A.R. Mast & Reveal
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Dodecatheon conjugens checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Dodecatheon conjugens atlas page.

CalPhotos: Dodecatheon conjugens photos.

USDA Plants: Dodecatheon conjugens information.

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