Wildflowers of Oregon Shoot Star or Poet’s Shooting Star

Never photographing these before. I was quite happy to find these high up in the Ochoco Mountains of Oregon.

Shooting Star Dodecatheon Flower 358 Shooting Star Dodecatheon Flower 364 Shooting Star Dodecatheon Flower 376 Shooting Star Dodecatheon Flower 385 Shooting Star Dodecatheon Flower 387 White Shooting Star Dodecatheon Flower 401 White Shooting Star Dodecatheon Flower 405

We found a area of wildflowers blooming and stopping to photograph all the wildflowers in that spot, then thought we should head up to the higher elevation and did so on a narrow dirt road until we came to melting snow. This is where these were blooming along with some other wildflowers. Noticing a lot of elk and it looked like the horses use the area as a resting place. Wild horses in the Ochoco Mountains is a common thing.

Such impressive flowers!

These are said to ONLY be wild here in Oregon. Other shooting stars have 4 peddles, while as you can see these have 5 peddles. How many of us even think about counting peddles on such closely related flowers as these with the other 13 species? I know I did not think of this until researching this flower!

Guy recalls hearing these being called cowslip, however this is a new species to me! I do not recall photographing this species of flower before and if I have not photographed the species of flower I am not going to remember the flower.

I thought it good to pull back on my lens and get the vegetation , leaves. Researching this species I found out it takes them several years to bloom.

Along with this color of purple/blue which were so much more abundant, I found a few white flowers blooming. The ratio of white to this other color was very noticeable!


Thank you for coming by and a huge thank you to Chris Gudger on facebook for answering my call for help on identification of this flower!!

UPDATE; I did find a place that sold the seeds to this flower. Currently , with our weather still down around freezing during the night time hours – I have the seeds germinating inside the house until our weather decides what it wants to do. See if I can get these to grow in our flower beds?


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