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Amethyst Shooting Star
Dodecatheon amethystinum

a.k.a. Jeweled Shooting Star

Amethyst Shooting Star blooms in clusters of pink-purple flowers that droop downwards. It is rare in the wild but can thrive in gardens, preferring medium soil and tolerating full shade to full sun.

USDA symbol: DOAM

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1 foot
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureMedium
Bloom ColorWhite, Purple, Pink
Amethyst Shooting Star (Amethyst Shooting Star<div><em class="small">Dodecatheon amethystinum</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience3
Salt ToleranceMedium

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsApril to June
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Supports Specialists

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyFillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Olmsted, Wabasha, Winona
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands