Scientific Name: Primula pauciflora (syn. Dodecatheon pulchellum )
Common Name: shooting star
Family Name: Primulaceae
Origin: B.C. east of Cascades, B.C. west of Cascades, U.S. - northwest, U.S. - southwest
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Mature Size: 0.2 - 0.4m x 0.1 - 0.3m (height x width)
Habit: Arching
Form: Mounded
Texture: Medium - coarse
Landscape Uses: Native planting, Perennial border, Rock garden, Small garden/space, Spring interest, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun only if soil kept moist, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Humus rich
Leaves: Simple, Basal, Soft flexible, Pubescent, Obovate, Spatulate, Dentate, Entire
Flowers: Umbel, Violet, Pink, May-Jun
Fruit: Capsule, Brown, Jul-Aug
Key ID Features:
Leaves basal, spoon-shaped to oblanceolate, blades more than 3 times long as wide, margins mostly entire, gradually tapering to the short, broadly-winged petiole, up to 20cm long; umbels with up to 20 nodding florets 1-2cm long, with curved-back petals that are usually pink with yellow throat that fades to white.