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Dodecatheon meadia

Also called American Cowslip


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Dodecatheon meadia - Shooting Star

More About Dodecatheon meadia

  • Flowers range in shades of pink and white
  • Each flower has five, upward-facing petals with a cluster of yellow stamens at the base
  • Flowers give the appearance of a plummeting, shooting star
  • When mature, each stem has a collection of 10-20 flowers
  • Narrow, fine-toothed, mid-green leaves, up to 25 cm long
  • One of the more unique, North American, native species
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer
  • Flower Size: 2-3 cm

Interesting Notes:

Native to parts of North America.

 

 

Zone:

3

Height:

25-30 cm

Spread:

20-25 cm

Colour:

Pink
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Shooting Star Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best grown in a moist, humus, rich, well-drained soil in partial shade. When planting, the crown must rest at or slightly above the surface to ensure survival. Mostly found in damp grasslands, high, alpine meadows and occasionally in open woodlands. In the wild, dodecatheon goes completely dormant when the flowers finish, usually midsummer, so to mimic its natural habitat, avoid heavy moisture during this time.


Dodecatheon meadia Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Slow
Medium

Flowering Time

Spring
Lt. Spr-Sum

Habit

Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Border/edging
Naturalizing
Woodland/woods edge

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