Dodecatheon conjugens

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Dodecatheon conjugens
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Dodecatheon
Species: D. conjugens
Binomial name
Dodecatheon conjugens

Primula conjugens − (Greene) Mast & Reveal [1][2]

Dodecatheon conjugens , [3] now reclassified as Primula conjugens , [1][2] is a species of flowering perennial plant in the primrose family, known by the common name Bonneville shooting star. [2]


The perennial wildflower is native to western North America from northeastern California, the Great Basin, and Pacific Northwest; east to Wyoming and Montana (U.S.) and across western Canada to Saskatchewan. [4]

It grows in seasonally wet areas of habitats including: sagebrush steppe and sagebrush scrub, yellow pine forest, wetland-riparian zones, and moist slopes and meadows of mountains. [2] It is found at elevations of 200–1,900 metres (660–6,230 ft). [1]


Dodecatheon conjugens−Primula conjugens is a thick-rooted perennial with narrow oval-shaped leaves around the base. [1]

It erects slim, tall stems which are dark in color and are topped with inflorescences of one to seven showy flowers. [1] The bloom period is April to July. [2]

Each flower nods with its mouth pointed to the ground when new, and becomes more erect with age. It has five reflexed sepals in shades of magenta or white which lie back against the body of the flower. At the sepal bases is a ring of bright yellow. From the corolla mouth protrude large dark red or black anthers surrounding a threadlike pink stigma. [1]

The fruit is circumscissile. [1]

The plant is of special value to native bumble bee species. [4][5]


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