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Dodecatheon meadia

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Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Dodecatheon (doh-dek-ATH-ee-on) (Info)
Species: meadia (MEE-dee-ah) (Info)

Synonym:Dodecatheon meadia subsp. meadia

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pink
Violet/Lavender
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

2 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Marilynbeth On Nov 25, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Love it! Enjoy seeing it bloom every Spring.

Neutral kayaker On Jan 28, 2005, kayaker from Milton, VT (Zone 4a) wrote:

Should be sown at 41F in moist soil germination is relatively easy, but flowers will take 3 years to bloom.
Because this species also has a fibrous root system, it is easily divided from the rosette after flowering. Any flowerheads should be removed prior to division to prevent seeding, thus strengthening the plant and increasing its chances for success in its new environment.

Neutral smiln32 On Oct 12, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant requires some shade and a fair amount of moisture. With too much sun more moisture is needed, too. Growth will be more vigorous in nutrient-rich, humus soils.

Shooting stars are easily divided from the rosette after flowering. Any flowerheads should be removed prior to division to prevent seeding, thus strengthening the plant and increasing its chances for success in its new environment.

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 11, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Shooting star is a perennial plant with only basal leaves. A single stem arises from the base that branches into several reflexed flower stalks. This plant grows in prairie, rocky prairie, open glades and bluffs.

Neutral nevrest On Sep 21, 2004, nevrest from Broadview, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

This dainty wildflower thrives here in Zone 3. The deep pink variation being most common, but we do find a few of the white. The stem straightens up and turns brown when the seeds are ready. The seed pods are a "shaker" like cow cockle.

Positive Equilibrium On Sep 20, 2004, Equilibrium wrote:

Shooting Star is one of my all time favorites. Such a spectacular plant. Native to the US too!

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cordele, Georgia
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky (2 reports)
Buckfield, Maine
Dracut, Massachusetts
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Piedmont, Missouri
Columbus, Ohio
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
, Saskatchewan
Viola, Tennessee
Ogden, Utah
Lexington, Virginia
Puyallup, Washington



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