member of the Primrose family (Primulaceae). The shooting star
has 4 or 5 petals, and the color ranges from magenta to lavender
with a yellow or white band.
Shooting stars are the harbingers of spring, they bloom earlier than
most other wildflowers in the foothills. Later in the spring and summer,
at higher elevations, 2 different shooting stars, Dodecatheon jeffreyi or subalpinum can
be found adding a splash of pink to the wet meadows. 2 - 24 inches. APRIL