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Padre's Shootingstar
Primula clevelandii

About Padre's Shootingstar (Primula clevelandii) Dodecatheon clevelandii is a species of Dodecatheon native to California and Baja California. Its common name is padre's shooting star. It is generally found in open grassy areas. It is spring deciduous, dying back to the ground after the rains cease. It has basal clumps of leaves up to 16 centimeters long with nodding flowers each about an inch long on stems up to a foot tall. The flowers are magenta to deep lavender to white. This species hybridizes with Dodecatheon hendersonii, from which it can be distinguished by its green stem.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.5 - 1 ft (0.15 - 0.3 m)

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Lavender, Pink, Purple, White

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Grassy places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
-62' - 6524'

Annual Precip. ?
7.4" - 69.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 1.57"

Coldest Month ?
38.7° F - 57.3° F

Hottest Month ?
56.9° F - 80.6° F

Humidity ?
0.47 vpd - 26.96 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates clay


Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Dodecatheon clevelandii

Common Names
Padre's 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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