The shootingstars form thick, patchy mats around the property. The flowers range from deep, deep purple to the odd white one. We transplanted a few plants from areas where they were growing thickly and not flowering (deep shade) to the lawn and these have spread to thick clumps in just a few years. Another English name for Dodecatheon hendersonii is "mosquito bill" which aptly describes the shape of the flower with it's strongly reflex petals exposing the pointy corolla. The round to oval leaves form a basal rosette. D. hendersonii is found on the west coast of North America from southern Vancouver Island to California in areas with moist winters and dry summers.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.