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Dodecatheon meadia

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ephemerals

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: low, medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, neutral, average, poor, loam, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white, pink

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, ephemeral, rare

Flower of Dodecatheon meadia (shooting star)
  • Flower of Dodecatheon meadia (shooting star)
  • Flower of Dodecatheon meadia (shooting star)
  • Flower of Dodecatheon meadia (shooting star)
  • Flower of Dodecatheon meadia (shooting star)

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Description

Dodecatheon meadia

Also known as:

shooting star

,

shootingstar

,

pride of Ohio

,

Eastern shooting star

,

roosterheads

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Dodecatheon meadia is an ephemeral plant. It produces dramatic downward facing flowers. The sharply swept-back pink or white petals and gold stamens come to a point, resembling shooting stars falling toward the earth.

Cultivation

Shooting star is a highly adaptable plant found in open woods, glades, rocky slopes and ledges, as well as meadows and prairies. It is well adapted to average soil but will thrive in a richer environment. Proper drainage is a must. To the extent that the plant is ephemeral it will tolerate dry summers, so long as it had plenty of moisture during the spring growing season. Blooms April and May. Zones 4-8

Propagation

Difficult to propagate from seed. Divide mature plants in fall when dormant. It is best to have previously deadheaded plants to be divided to ensure vigorous root systems.

Additional Notes

Over collection of this beautiful species has threatened its subsistence in the wild.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: FL, MI, MN, LA, PA
  • Possibly Extirpated: NY
  • Protected: FL, PA
  • Special Concern: MN

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Primulales
Family Primulaceae Primrose family
Genus Dodecatheon shootingstar
Species Dodecatheon meadia shooting star