Dodecatheon meadia

Shooting Stars

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Pot Size: bare root

Plant Description

Wide-ranging in the eastern United States west to Minnesota, Nebraska, and Texas, Shooting Star is a beautiful ephemeral wild flower of rocky, wooded slopes, bluffs, meadows, and prairies. Clusters of flowers, which smell faintly of grape juice, atop one foot stalks appear in mid to late spring above rosettes of bright green leaves resembling smooth, fleshy, leaf lettuce. The white, pink, or magenta petals are reflexed backwards like Cyclamen flowers, with yellow anthers pointing forward, giving the impression of little stars shooting toward the earth. Flowering lasts for several weeks then gradually the leaves yellow and the plant goes dormant until the next spring. Shooting Stars like partial shade but will tolerate more or less, and moist but well drained slightly alkaline soil. They like moisture in the spring while in active growth and then drier conditions during the summer and fall. Too much moisture then, and they will rot. Although a little slow to get to any size, once established Shooting Stars are long-lived and will naturalize freely. In masses, they are stunning. Try them with Stonecrop, Devils Bit, blue wood sedge, Eared Coreopsis, or Columbine. The eastern type usually has white flowers and the western type has pink or magenta flowers.



Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Not too hard to grow

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial

Light Exposure

Half and half, Mostly sunny,

Mostly shady

Soil Condition


Moisture Tolerance

Moist, Moderately moist


bare root


less than 12, 12 to 24



Flower Color


Bloom Time

Mid spring, Late spring



Hardiness Zones

4, 5, 6, 7, 8