Dark-throat Shooting Star - Dodecatheon pulchellum by Digitalbcon

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Few-flowered shooting star is an attractive perennial which should be fairly easy to grow in the garden meadow or rock garden. The erect stem rises 5-40 cm from a basal rosette of pale green, oblong to spoon-shaped leaves from 3-20 cm long. The leaves taper to winged petioles. The herbage of the leaves and stems is usually smooth-surfaced.

The 3-12 flowers have 5 floral parts. The corolla is 15-25 mm across with deep magenta to lavender petals 1-2 cm long and reflexed sharply backwards.. The tube at the base of the petals is white or yellow-ringed with a thin, wavy reddish-purple ring at the very base. The filaments are united to form a tube of yellow or purple anthers projecting to 1 cm from the mouth of the corolla tube. The anther connectives are smooth and and the stigma is not enlarged at the end of the style.

This one was captured on the outskirts of the Waterton Lakes National Park along Highway #6 towards Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada.


  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous!!!! LOVE, love, love the color . . . brilliant!!!

  • Thank you so much Lori!! I’m glad you liked it!! There were so many of them the ditches were just purple with these flowers!!

    – Digitalbcon

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thanks Rick!!

    – Digitalbcon

  • Navigator
    Navigatorover 2 years ago

    This is remarkable! Another unknown to me! Beautiful.

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago


  • Awesome!! Thank you so much Kala for this beautiful feature!! I appreciate it very much!!

    – Digitalbcon

  • goddarb
    goddarbover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture, Blair – congratulations on the feature!

  • Thank you goddarb!!

    – Digitalbcon

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    Congratulations!! Your GORGEOUS image is being FEATURED
    in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • Awesome!! Thank you so much Lori for this feature!! I’m sorry this is so late…we’re on the road and long lapses between internet connects!

    – Digitalbcon

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 2 years ago

    I’ve never seen these and they are lovely! Beautiful close up work:>) FAVE and congratulations on your feature.

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...over 2 years ago

    Lovely work!!!

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