Alpine shooting star (Dodecatheon alpinum) belongs to the family Primulaceae (the Primrose family). It is a perennial herb that is native to the western United States, in Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. This herb grows in wet areas in the mountains, and it can reach 10-35 cm in height. The leaves are basal, linear to linear-oblanceolate with winged petioles. The showy flowers bloom from late spring to summer. The corolla has four reflexed sepals in shades of bright pink or lavender. From the corolla mouth protrude large black anthers and a thready stigma.