Shootingstar

Dodecatheon meadia

Shootingstar, Dodecatheon meadia, has delicate nodding blooms that seem to fly upward and away from the pointed red and yellow flower center, resembling a shooting star. The leafless stalks arise from a lush foliage base, creating the perfect backdrop for the exquisite …

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SKU
32850-03 / 12850
Plants Bare Root
1-4 $6.99 ea.
5-10 $5.99 ea.
11-31 $4.99 ea.
32+ $3.99 ea.
Seeds 75,000 seeds/oz
1/4 Oz $40.00
1/2 Oz $60.00
Oz $100.00
Lb $1,500.00
Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Medium, Moist
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial
Height 1' - 2'
Bloom Color White, Lavender, Pink
Bloom Time May, June
Spacing 1'
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Root Type Fibrous
Benefits Pollinators, Deer Resistant
Seeds per Oz 75000
Propagation Treatment Moist Stratification
Days to Moist Stratify 30 days
Direct Sowing Time Fall

Shootingstar, Dodecatheon meadia, has delicate nodding blooms that seem to fly upward and away from the pointed red and yellow flower center, resembling a shooting star. The leafless stalks arise from a lush foliage base, creating the perfect backdrop for the exquisite flowers.

A spring bloomer and true prairie ephemeral, Shootingstar goes completely dormant in late summer. It is best grown in a lightly shaded area. Fall transplanting is best, but early spring planting is also fine. Mature Shootingstar plants can be propagated by division: Dig the mature crowns in the fall when dormant, then divide and replant.

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.' Other common names include Midland Shootingstar and Prairie Pointers.

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Planting and Cultivation Notes
We recommend planting ephemerals in early fall while the soil is still warm, or in early spring. Spring installations will have some time to develop before summer dormancy, but will not produce flowers the first year. An early fall planting allows the roots time to establish properly before winter, and gives the plants a stronger start the following spring.