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Dodecatheon dentatum
white shooting star

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to northern Oregon; also in central Idaho

Habitat: Streambanks and other wet places at moderate elevations in the mountains

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Scapose, perennial herbs from short, thick rhizomes, the flowering stems 1.5-4 dm. tall.


Leaves basal, glabrous, the blades ovate to oblong, 3-10 cm. long and 2-6 cm. broad, sinuate to dentate, narrowed abruptly to a slender petiole longer than the blade.


Flowers 2-12 in an umbel, terminal on the scape, 5-parted on recurved pedicels up to 7 cm. long; sepals lanceolate, 3-4 mm. long; corolla 12-20 mm. long, the lobes creamy-white, the tube yellowish with a reddish-purple ring; stamens clustered around the style, opposite the petals, the filaments less than 1 mm. long, reddish-purple, the anthers 6-7 mm. long, deep red; style single, slightly exceeding the stamens, stigma very slightly enlarged.


Capsule cylindric-ovoid, 6-10 mm. long, opening by valves to the tip.

Accepted Name:
Dodecatheon dentatum Hook.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 2: 119. 1838. 1838.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Dodecatheon dentatum Hook. ssp. dentatum [HC2]
Dodecatheon latilobum (A. Gray) Elmer ex R. Knuth
Dodecatheon meadia L. var. latilobum A. Gray
Primula latilobum (A. Gray) A.R. Mast & Reveal
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Dodecatheon dentatum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Dodecatheon dentatum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Dodecatheon dentatum photos.

USDA Plants: Dodecatheon dentatum information.

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