Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Dodecatheon hendersonii (Shooting Star, Mosquito Bill)


 Plantae Plants


 Tracheobionta Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons






 Primulaceae Primrose family


 Dodecatheon L. shootingstar


 Dodecatheon hendersonii A. Gray mosquito bills

Shooting Stars are among the most loved wild flowers.

This one has some distinguishing features that set it apart. Visually noticeable are the broader leaves and dark red to purple stems, and the other feature is their limited habitat.

They are only found between the coast and Cascade Mountains from Vancouver Island to southern California with a strong concentration found in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

The 6-7 stems hold a cluster of rose purple nodding blooms.

Prefers to grow in areas with adequate spring moisture that will dry out in summer, USDA zones 8-9.

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