Dodecatheon jeffreyi Van Houtte subsp. jeffreyi
Jeffrey's shootingstar (Sierrra shootingstar)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Dodecatheon jeffreyi subsp. jeffreyi
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Species Information

Plants fibrous-rooted; roots whitish; bulblets absent.
Leaves narrowly oblanceolate to spatulate, base tapering gradually to the short broadly-winged petiole, entire (rarely slightly toothed), glandular-pubescent (rarely glabrous), 7-40 (53) cm.
Inflorescences of 3-20 flowers; involucral bracts lanceolate, glandular-pubescent, 3-17 mm. Flowers long-stalked; corolla tube whitish (rarely yellow), usually with a thin to thick, red, wavy ring around the throat; corolla lobes pink to magenta (rarely whitish or yellowish), 10-25 (27) mm; calyces green, usually glandular-puberulent, (rarely glabrous), 7-12 (15) mm; pollen sacs yellow to reddish-purple; filaments distinct or partially connate, dark reddish-purple to black; connective purplish, transversely rugose; stigma greatly enlarged and knob-like; pedicels 2-7 cm, usually glandular-pubescent (rarely glabrous). Flowering May-Jul (to Aug at high elevations).
Capsules tan to reddish-brown, ovoid, glabrous or sometimes sparsely glandular-puberulent, circumcissile or sometimes 5-valvate, 7-11 (15) mm.
Scapes glandular-pubescent, 10-69 (75) cm.

SourceThe Vascular Flora of British Columbia, draft 2014.
Author: Jamie Fenneman


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Habitat and Range

Wet to moist meadows, streambanks, shorelines, fens, and bogs in the lowland, montane, and subalpine zones. Frequent in coastal BC; AK south to CA, ID, MT.

SourceThe Vascular Flora of British Columbia, draft 2014.
Author: Jamie Fenneman


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Dodecatheon jeffreyi var. viviparum (Greene) Abrams

Taxonomic Notes

Loose umbels of magenta reflex-petaled flowers on stiff stems above small clump-forming rosettes of long oval leaves. One of the tallest species. Best in rich soil and part shade.

Note Author: Gary Lewis, Phoenix Perennials