|Light:||Full Sun, Partial|
|Soil:||Sand, Loam, Clay|
|Benefits:||Pollinators, Deer Resistant|
|Zones:||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Color:||White, Pink, Lavender|
The delicate nodding blooms 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, Dodecatheon meadia goes completely dormant in late summer. Best grown in lightly shaded garden or naturalized area. Fall transplanting is best, but early spring planting is also fine. Propagate 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 names include Midland Shootingstar and Prairie Pointers.
Planting Tips: We recommomend 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. This woodland species appreciates a generous application of leaf mulch in the fall.