Dodecatheon L.

Shooting Star

From the Greek meaning 12 gods.

Perennial herbs. Leaves with more or less winged stalks. Flowers generally in nodding clusters at the tips of long stalks. Sepals 5, bent back at first. Petals with a short tube, the tips bent back and of different sizes. Stamens 5, attached at the petal throat, the long anthers united into a cone that protrudes from the centre of the flower. Fruit an oblong or cylindrical capsule that splits into 5 valves.

Grown as the 2 species D. meadia L. and D. pulchellum (Raf.) Merr. and the cultivar 'Red Wings'.

Division and seed.

Star-like flowers with petals bent back and the united anthers often forming a pointed cone at the centre of the flower.

14 species mostly from W North America with 1 species from E Siberia.

Thompson (1953), Ingram (1961-63), Mitchem (1991).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Primulaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Primulaceae