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Shootingstar

Dodecatheon meadia

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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.”

 

 

CarePlant 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.

  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Characteristics : Attracts Bees
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Foliage Color : Green
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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