Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Dodecatheon pulchellum (Raf.) Merrill
- Family: Primrose (Primulaceae)
- Flowering: April-May
- Field Marks: This shooting-star is distinguished by its pink or purple petals, its leaves that taper to the leaf stalk, and usually smooth stems and leaves.
- Habitat: Wet meadows, swamps, fens, from sea level to the mountains.
- Habit: Perennial herb with white roots.
- Stems: Upright, unbranched, up to 1 1/2 feet tall, smooth, bearing only flowers.
- Leaves: All basal, ovate to oblanceolate, up to 10 inches long, up to 3 inches wide, tapering to the leaf stalk, smooth, usually without teeth.
- Flowers: 3-25 in terminal umbels on a leafless stem.
- Sepals: 5, green, united to form a tube up to 1/6 inch long.
- Petals: 5, pink or purple, with a dark center, turned backward, united below, up to 1 inch long.
- Stamens: 5, the filaments united to form a greenish, yellowish, or maroon tube.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Fruits: Capsules lanceoloid, up to 3/4 inch long, smooth.
- Notes: There is variation in flower color and size of plants.
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