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Dodecatheon meadia

Native Plants

Shooting-Star

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Summary

Shooting star is among the finest spring perennial wildflowers with its clusters of white to magenta pink flowers borne atop 12-22” stalks in mid-spring. Its flowers have the unusual trait of developing strongly reflexed petals that appear like wind-blown umbrellas or tiny “shooting stars”. Broad, emerald green basal rosettes of leaves long persist only into mid-summer and become dormant. Shooting star is best situated in rich, well-drained, acid to neutral soil in filtered to partial shade. It combines well with other spring wildflowers such as Sanguinaria canadensis, Trillium grandiflorum, Enemion biternatum, Jeffersonia diphylla, Chrysogonum virginianum, and Claytonia caroliniana.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    pink, white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Other Scientific Names

    Primula meadia

     
  • Fall Foliage Color
    dormant 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown