Shootingstar

Dodecatheon meadia

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Shootingstar (Dodecatheon meadia)

Information provided by Prairie Nursery

The delicate nodding blooms of white-to-pink petals seem to fly upward and away from the pointed red and yellow flower center, resembling a shooting star. Leafless flower stalks arise from a lush foliage base - creating the perfect backdrop for these exquisite flowers.

A spring bloomer and native prairie ephemeral, Shootingstar goes completely dormant in late summer. Best grown in a lightly shaded area.  Fall transplanting is best, but early spring planting is also fine.

Bumble bees are the chief pollinators of Shootingstar, and the pollen must be extracted from a narrow tube formed by the united stamens. The bees accomplish this by vibrating their bodies against the tube to shake the pollen out, a technique known as "buzz pollination."

 

 

Care: 

Plant in full sun to light shade, in medium to moist soil. Propagate by division. Dig the mature crowns in the fall when dormant, then divide and replant.

Overview

Height
1 to 2 ft.
Spread
1 foot
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Fertile, moist, well-drained soil
Characteristics
Attracts Bees
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara,
White
Foliage Color
Green
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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