The showy nodding flowers are 5-merous (five persistent sepals, reflexed, later erect); five petals united at the base (magenta, pink or white with yellow ring at the base and dark maroon corolla tube), lobes sharply bent back; five stamens with no filament and anthers fused to the base of the petals, bunched with the pistil to extend like a bird's beak at the tip of the flower. Requires buzz pollination: bumblebees and some species of solitary bees grasp the petals and vibrate the flowers by buzzing their wings, and this causes release of pollen from inside the hollow anthers. Donna O'Neill Conservancy, San Juan Capistrano, CA. 2-28-09. © Joan Avise.

Padre's Shooting Star

Dodecatheon clevelandii

A 12-15 in. tall perennial herb, scattered to locally common in native grassland, open grassy coastal sage scrub and grassy openings in oak woodland; often associated with clay soils.  It is found in the eastern foothills and Santa Ana Mountains (Roberts). After winter rain, rosettes of 3 in. stalkless leaves appear on leafless hairy stems a month before the flowers emerge in January-March.  As the plant dries in spring, it dies back leaving a corm which remains dormant until the next rainy season. 

Primulaceae

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Caspers Wilderness Park, San Juan Capistrano, CA. 3-29-08. © Joan Avise.

UCI Ecological Preserve, Irvine, CA. 3-15-10. © Joan Avise.

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve, Riverside Co., CA. 3-01-09. © Joan Avise.

Buds erect, flowers nodding. Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve, Riverside Co., CA. 3-01-09. © Joan Avise.

Donna O'Neill Conservancy, San Juan Capistrano, CA. 2-28-09. © Joan Avise.

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve, Riverside Co., CA. 3-01-09. © Joan Avise.

Caspers Wilderness Park, San Juan Capistrano, CA. 3-29-08. © Joan Avise.

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve, Riverside Co., CA. 3-01-09. © Joan Avise.

Caspers Wilderness Park, San Juan Capistrano, CA. 3-29-08. © Joan Avise.