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Primula jeffreyi
Jeffrey's shooting star, tall mountain shooting star

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to Montana and Wyoming.

Habitat: Wet meadows and stream banks, mid- to high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees


Scapose, perennial herbs from slender rhizomes, forming large clumps, the flowering stems 1-6 dm. tall, glabrous to glandular-pubescent.


Leaves basal, the blades oblanceolate, gradually tapered to long petioles, entire to serrulate, 0.5-4 dm. long.


Flowers 3-20 in an umbel, terminal on the scape, 4- or 5-parted; calyx tube 2-5 mm. long, the lobes acute, 5-10 mm. long; corolla lobes 1-2.5 cm. long, purplish, mauve, or yellowish to white, the corolla tube yellow with a reddish band; stamens clustered around the style, opposite the petals, the filaments distinct, 1 mm. long, blackish-purple; anthers 6-10 mm. long, yellow to reddish; style single, barely exceeding the stamens, the stigma capitate, twice the width of the style.


Capsule ovoid, 7-11 mm. long, with the tip dropping off to release the seeds.

Accepted Name:
Primula jeffreyi (Van Houtte) A.R. Mast & Reveal

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Dodecatheon jeffreyi Van Houtte
Dodecatheon jeffreyi Van Houtte ssp. pygmaeum (H.M. Hall) H.J. Thomp.
Dodecatheon jeffreyi Van Houtte var. viviparum (Greene) Abrams
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Primula jeffreyi in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Primula jeffreyi checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Primula jeffreyi information.

E-Flora BC: Primula jeffreyi atlas page.

CalPhotos: Primula jeffreyi photos.

USDA Plants: Primula jeffreyi information.

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