From clumps of attractive foliage arise strong, dark purple stems bearing magenta pink flowers with the stamens being prominently dark purple. This dwarf plant is the most northernmost species in the genus, and is found in alpine and tundra meadows from northern British Columbia, southern Northwest Territories (Mackenzie District), and northwestern Saskatchewan, the Yukon and most of Alaska.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.
Common name:Frigid Shooting Star, Western arctic shootingstar