Shooting Star


  • USDA Zones 4 to 8 (Find Your Zone)
  • Part Shade
  • Moist Soils
  • Up to 1.5 Feet Tall and Wide
  • Spring Ephemeral
  • Unusual White Flowers in Spring
  • Dormant
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Dodecatheon meadia, common name Shooting Star, typically occur in open woods, meadows and prairies where they persist as ephemeral, herbaceous perennials. Due to its ephemeral nature, Shooting Star goes dormant in summer until the following spring. Shooting star prefers average moisture with a humus rich soil in part shade to full shade. The 5-7″ leaves are arranged in a basal rosette, with 1-4 sturdy flower scapes rising 20″ tall. Atop each flower scape is an umbel containing 8-20 reflexed 1″ long flowers. The flower has the appearance of a shooting star falling to earth. Bloom color is generally white with some pink to light purple variable possible. Bloom time is early to mid spring. Great planted with woodland phlox.

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