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Primula fragrans

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About Scented Shootingstar (Primula fragrans) Dodecatheon redolens is a species of flowering plant in the primrose family known by the common name scented shooting star. This wildflower is native to western North America from California to Utah, where it grows in moist areas, especially in mountains. This is a hairy, thick-rooted perennial with long, clumping leaves around the base. It erects slim, tall, hairy stems which are dark in color and are topped with flower clusters of 5 to 10 showy flowers. Each flower nods with its mouth pointed to the ground when new, and becomes more erect with age. It has five reflexed sepals in shades of pink, lavender, or white which lie back against the body of the flower. Each sepal base has a blotch of bright yellow and is folded into a thick lip around the mouth of the flower. From the corolla mouth protrude large anthers which may be light pink to nearly black surrounding a threadlike stigma.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Native Status

Natural Setting
Part Shade

Elevation ?
1194' - 14460'

Annual Precip. ?
12.2" - 59.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.52" - 4.54"

Coldest Month ?
16.4° F - 49.8° F

Hottest Month ?
37.4° F - 76.6° F

Humidity ?
1.23 vpd - 24.30 vpd

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

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Dodecatheon redolens

Common Names
Scented 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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