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Primula tetrandra

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About Alpine Shootingstar (Primula tetrandra) Dodecatheon alpinum is a species of flowering plant in the primrose family known by the common name alpine shooting star. This wildflower is native to the southwestern United States where it grows in wet areas in mountains. It is partially aquatic, sometimes growing along the edges of bogs and in shallow, slow rivulets. This is a thick-rooted perennial with narrow, straight leaves around the base. It erects slim, tall stems which are dark in color and are topped with flower clusters of one or more showy flowers. Each flower nods with its mouth pointed to the ground when new, and becomes more erect with age. It has four reflexed sepals in shades of bright pink or lavender which lie back against the body of the flower. These may have bases of white or yellow which rim the corolla. From the corolla mouth protrude large black anthers and a thready stigma.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Wet places, streambanks


Elevation ?
494' - 12863'

Annual Precip. ?
4.2" - 120.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.30" - 4.10"

Coldest Month ?
18.2° F - 56.0° F

Hottest Month ?
40.6° F - 85.4° F

Humidity ?
0.53 vpd - 39.70 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: 1-3 mos. stratification.

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Dodecatheon alpinum

Common Names
Alpine Shooting Star

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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