Primulaceae
Dodecatheon alpinum

Alpine Shooting Star

Basal upright leaves, erect stem. Plant hairless. Leaves 4 or more, linear to lance-shaped, 8 in. or less in length. Stem leafless, shiny, topped with 1–10 downward-turned flowers. Flower with 4 of each part; petals magenta, outer part changing to white with deep magenta or black band at wrinkled base; stamens black. Grows in boggy meadows, along streams in high mountains. Flowers of different species of shooting star sometimes have 4 parts, sometimes 5, sometimes both.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 4--20 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, East-Side Forest, Subalpine, Alpine, Bog/Fen/Wetland
  • Found In: Crater Lake NP, Steens, Wallowas, Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes