Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

French's Shooting Star
Dodecatheon frenchii
Family: Primulaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  S
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G3
State Rank: S3

Sandstone rockhouses and overhangs.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Mid March to mid June.
Fruiting Period: Mid May to late June.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This species differs from the common woodland shooting star in having leaves that are cordate or nearly cordate and abruptly tapering to the base. It is found exclusively in sandstone rockhouses or similar habitats.

Disturbance of surrounding areas such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

Global Range:
Southern Illinois to eastern Missouri and Arkansas, Indiana and western Kentucky.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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