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Vorobik Botanical Art

P.O. Box 866, Lopez Island, WA 98261. 510-520-2423. vorobik@gmail.com

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Shooting Star Flowers

Family: Primulaceae

Dodecatheon pulchellum-click on image for detail view


Prints--Giclee, Edition 200, 9 by 12 inches

Cards--5 by 7 inches, on watercolor paper with a deckled edge


Shooting Star Flowers (Dodecatheon pulchellum)

Primulaceae Family

This species occurs in wet meadows of the coastal Pacific Northwest and wet basins or seep areas of the Great Basin. Like other shooting stars, the petals reflex back on the nodding flower stalks (pedicels) with the stamens projecting like narrow black beaks. As the fruits develop, the pedicels straighten out, presenting the capsules towards the sky. This perennial may be in cultivation, but D. hendersonii, a native from foothill locations from southern Oregon south along the western slopes of Sierra Nevada and in the coast ranges, definitely is. Henderson's shooting star has similar flowers and very attractive roundish leaf blades. Other species of shooting stars (D. redolens, D. jeffreyi, D. alpinum, D. subalpinum, etc.) are common at higher elevations, and are always a treat to see. Although the flowers are small (often less than one inch), they have distinctive and beautiful colorful markings at the base of the petals near where the stamens protrude.