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Dodecatheon hendersonii
broad-leaved shooting-star, Henderson's shooting-star

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Woods and prairies, at low elevations in our area.

Flowers: March-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Scapose, perennial herbs without rhizomes but with numerous bulblets on the roots, the flowering stems 1-3 dm. tall,


Leaves basal, usually glabrous, the blades ovate to deltoid-elliptic, usually entire, narrowed abruptly to petioles + as long to nearly as long.


Flowers 2-15 in an umbel, terminal on the scape, 4- or 5-parted; calyx purple-flecked, with lanceolate lobes 6-8 mm. long; corolla 15-25 mm. long, the lobes deep magenta to light orchid, grading to yellow at the base and on the tube, the base of the tube reddish-purple; stamens clustered around the style, opposite the petals, the filaments united to form a tube 2-4 mm. long, deep reddish-purple; anthers 4-6 mm. long, deep red to purple; style single, slightly exceeding the stamens, the stigma not enlarged.


Capsule cylindric-ovoid, 7-12 mm. long, with the tip dropping off to release the seeds.

Accepted Name:
Dodecatheon hendersonii A. Gray
Publication: Bot. Gaz. 11: 233. 1886. 1886.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Dodecatheon hansenii (Greene) H.J. Thomp.
Dodecatheon hendersonii A. Gray ssp. cruciatum (Greene) H.J. Thomp.
Dodecatheon hendersonii A. Gray ssp. parvifolium (R. Knuth) H.J. Thomp.
Dodecatheon hendersonii A. Gray var. hansenii Greene
Primula hendersonii (A. Gray) A.R. Mast & Reveal
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Dodecatheon hendersonii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Dodecatheon hendersonii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Dodecatheon hendersonii photos.

USDA Plants: Dodecatheon hendersonii information.

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