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Sierra Shooting Star
Primula jeffreyi
About Sierra Shooting Star (Primula jeffreyi) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Dodecatheon jeffreyi is a species of flowering plant in the primrose family known by the common names Sierra shooting star, Jeffrey's shooting star, and tall mountain shooting star. This wildflower is native to western North America from California to Alaska to Montana, where it grows in mountain meadows and streambanks. This is a thick-rooted perennial with long, slightly wrinkled leaves around the base. It erects slim, tall, hairy stems which are dark in color and are topped with flower clusters of 3 to 18 showy flowers. Each flower nods with its mouth pointed to the ground when new, and becomes more erect with age. It has four or 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. From the corolla mouth protrude large dark anthers surrounding a threadlike stigma. The flowers of this species were considered good luck by the Nlaka'pamux people, who used them as amulets and love charms.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 1 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Meadows. creeksides

Annual Precipitation: 8.1" - 153.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.30" - 5.63", Coldest Month: 18.2" - 48.4", Hottest Month: 40.9" - 74.1", Humidity: 0.70" - 20.76", Elevation: 494" - 11679"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Dodecatheon jeffreyi
Common Names: Jeffrey's Shooting Star, Sierra Shootingstar, Tall Mountain 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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