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Dodecatheon pulchellum

Dodecatheon pulchellum

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syn. Primula pauciflora

Western shooting star is a spring ephemeral wildflower from the Primula family. This US native is generally found growing in the western states along streambanks, wet meadows, seeps, and coastlines. Easy to grow in the moist but well-drained garden where they add a bright splash of color when they burst into bloom in spring. Plants go summer dormant.

Distinctions: Winner of an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticulture Society.

Zones: 3 to 7

Family: Primulaceae

Type: Perennial

Height: 9 to 12 in.

Spread: 3 to 4 in.

Exposure: part-shade, bright full shade, light shade

Soil Conditions: avoid lime, moist, average, humus rich, fertile

Bloom Time: May to June

Bloom Color: Lilac-rose

Native Range: western half of North America

Image Credits:

  • Image 1 (flowers) English: NPS Photo, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Image 2 (form) brewbooks from near Seattle, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons
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