ABOUT LISA BERRY
Brown's or Wild Peony
Great Red Paintbrush
Little Elephant's Head
Red Mountain Heather
Sierra Shooting Star
Scientific Name: Dodecatheon jeffreyi
Common Name: Sierra Shooting Star
Color: Deep pink petals with yellow to white at their base.
Description: Completely reflexed petals reveal the female stigma protruding from partially fused stamens.
Habitat: Stream banks and seepy meadows.
Edibility/Toxicity: Though all parts of this plant are edible, they do not provide enough food to justify uprooting them and disturbing their habitat.
Comments: Northwestern Indian tribes brewed a leaf tea for the treatment of cold sores. The genus name Dodecatheon comes from the Greek word for twelve, as the flowers sometimes occur in groups of twelve, representing each of the Olympian gods.