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Scented Shooting Star

Primula fragrans

Dodecatheon redolens 7 by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


More images of Scented Shooting Star

A close up of some pale Primula fragrans flowers
A close up of a white and yellow Primula fragrans flower
A close up of some white flowering Primula fragrans with some green leaves
A green Primula fragrans plant in a garden with light purple flowers

Scented Shooting Star Overview

Primula fragrans was recently reclassified, it used to be known as Dodecatheon redolens and is commonly called Scented Shooting Star. This perennial species resides in the Primrose family, Primulaceae. It originates from the western United States, growing as a native wildflower from California through Nevada to Utah. It produces basal leaves in dense clumps, thick roots and is covered in hairs. Light purple, pink or white flowers are borne on tall, thin, dark-coloured stems, usually between 5-10 per stem and these flowers nod towards the ground upon emergence, developing a more upright habit with age. Around the flowers, making up the outermost part of a flower there are sepals, these function to protect the flower bud. They are termed reflexed as they bend backwards away from the flower mouth. The sepals are individually marked with a blob of bright yellow near the base, anthers are pink or black in colour, they surround a thread-like stigma.

How to propagate Scented Shooting Star


Basal cuttings.


Special features of Scented Shooting Star

Attractive flowers