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Shooting Star

Herbaceous Perennial Flower, Wildflower

Also known as Cowslips
Dodecatheon meadia
Primulaceae Family

This native owes its common name to its pendulous, star-like white or rosy pink flowers. It's most at home in wildflower, woodland and rock gardens or naturalized areas.

Site Characteristics
  • part shade
  • full shade

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
  • tolerates damp soil
Prefers moist, woodland soil. Tolerate summer dry spells. Needs well-drained soil especially over winter.

Hardiness zones:

  • 4 to 8

Special locations:

  • rock gardens
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: moderately difficult

Height: 1 to 2 feet

Spread: 0.75 to 1 feet

Bloom time:

  • late spring
  • early summer

Flower color:

  • violet
  • white
  • pink

Petals are curved backwards, giving the blooms the appearance of "shooting stars."

Foliage color: dark green

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: cushion, mound or clump

Leaves form a basal rosette.

Shape in flower: flower stalks with flowers hanging downward

Flower stem is erect, topped with a head of pendulous flowers.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • native to North America - Native to Pacific Northwest.
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed, division or separation - Wait until clumps are large before dividing. Divide in spring.

Sow seeds outdoors where desired or in containers in a cold frame in fall. Seeds need exposure to cold to germinate.

Maintenance and care:
The plants die back entirely by midsummer, making gaps in the garden bed. Keep moist but not soggy until dieback. Mulch heavily.

More growing information: How to Grow Perennials