Primula meadia (L.) A. R. Mast & Reveal
Synonym: Dodecatheon meadia
Coefficient of Conservatism: 10
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb
Status: E

Dodecatheon meadia of Michigan Flora.

This is a handsome prairie and savanna species, barely reaching north and east into Michigan, where it is very rare. Known from a prairie fen in Berrien Co. and a prairie strip between highway and railroad in Menominee Co. The Wayne Co. collection (Belle Isle in 1896) is clearly beyond the native range and was thought by Farwell (1902) to be "...introduced by means of bouquets taken to the island by pleasure seekers and picnickers..."  

Dodecatheon is clearly a highly modified Primula (Mast & Reveal, 2007), and it seems unlikely that Primula could be subdivided appropriately in order to retain Dodecatheon.

Persons who rely on picture-book taxonomy often misidentify cranberry as shooting-star, for both have pink flowers with reflexed lobes and a cone of yellow anthers. In the cranberries the petals are only 4 (rather than 5) and the flowers are at best half the size of those in our shooting-star, apart from the totally different habit of the plants.


Berrien County
Menominee County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. September 22, 2021.