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Dark Throated Shooting Star
Primula pauciflora

About Dark Throated Shooting Star (Primula pauciflora) Dodecatheon pulchellum, commonly known as pretty shooting star, few-flowered shooting star, dark throat shooting star and prairie shooting star, is a perennial herb with single, leafless flower stems, growing from very short erect root stocks with no bulblets. It grows to a height of 5 to 40 centimeters. Its leaves are basal, 2-15 centimeter long, blades oblong-lance-shaped to oblance-shaped, mostly entire to somewhat small-toothed, narrowed gradually to winged stalks nearly as long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.16 - 1.3 ft (0.05 - 0.4 m)

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Wet meadows


Elevation ?
53' - 8237'

Annual Precip. ?
5.2" - 71.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.46" - 2.52"

Coldest Month ?
26.1° F - 47.0° F

Hottest Month ?
47.1° F - 73.4° F

Humidity ?
0.42 vpd - 26.76 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 pulchellum

Common Names
Dark Throat Shooting Star And Prairie Shooting Star, Dark-throated Shooting Star, Few-flowered Shooting Star, Pretty 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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