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Sierra shooting star

Dodecatheon jeffreyi


Striking magenta flowers with 6 petals punctuated by 6 green leaf parts. The plant was around four inches tall. The young flowers are closed and downward pointing, while the more mature ones open up with time.


Grows in the grass at altitude > 4000' in Mount Rainier National Park. Nearby, there was snow on the ground, although it was 68 degrees fahrenheit out!


Also called tall mountain shooting star and Jeffrey's shooting star. Some sources list Primula as a synonym for Dodecatheon and it has been suggested that the genuses may merge, as species from these genera are closely related.

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

Machi, since P. austrofrigida's leaves do not match, I agree with Primula jeffreyi: Thanks for the ID!

Thank you, Brian! :-) Yes, it's kind of hard to tell because of the angle, but the flower is also really open, which is not how the shooting star is usually seen/pictured.

Brian38 6 months ago

Because of the young age of the plant and angle of the pics I didn't realize it was a Shooting star at first. Beautiful pics Mauna!

Brian38 6 months ago

Machi I think your correct with Sierra (Primula jeffreyi) shooting star.

Gaia80 6 months ago

They're in a clustered formation and the plant is about 50 cm, probably could be higher depending on the grass surrounding it. Leaves are lancet and tagged as far as i have seen. I might be wrong now about some things as my memory isn't as it used to be.

Gaia80 6 months ago

Beautiful plant, are you plant experts btw? If it's the case could you look at some of my recent spottings and see what plant the purple or pink flowers where some of my insect-spottings are made here in Slovakia? Please I would like to know the plant name :)

Machi 6 months ago

Mauna, after further searching I think Primula is definitely your best bet. I think maybe the colors at the center are a bit darker and/or not visible at these angles. I think possibly Tundra (Primula austrofrigida) or Sierra (Primula jeffreyi) shooting stars. It seems like the Dodecatheon species are all now Primula.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 7 months ago

Thanks for appreciating these mountain flowers, Tukup!

Tukup 7 months ago

Beautiful Mauna. Thanks.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 7 months ago

I also thought Dodecatheon at first! Thanks for the tip. I’ll look into Primulaceae.

Machi 7 months ago

Really reminds me of Dodecatheon, but the flowers usually have some yellow at the center and I can't find a really close match online. I thought Primula as well, but again, had a hard time finding a match. I think Primulaceae is a good place to start though.

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Washington, USA

Lat: 46.79, Long: -121.73

Spotted on Jun 18, 2019
Submitted on Jun 21, 2019

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