Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Dodecatheon hendersonii (Shooting Star, Mosquito Bill)

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Dilleniidae

Order

 Primulales

Family

 Primulaceae Primrose family

Genus

 Dodecatheon L. shootingstar

Species

 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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