Also called American Cowslip
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
Native to parts of North America.
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
Moist to Average