Meteoric!! Well, maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but "Shooting Stars"
is the common name for Dodecatheon meadia and you really
don't have to stretch your imagination too far to see how folks arrived
at that moniker. Here's a very unusual, easy to grow early Spring
ephemeral wildflower that's native to 27 states east of the Mississippi,
yet will find itself happy and at home just about anywhere.
Dodecatheon meadia is a member of the Primula family, closely
related to Cyclamen and Primrose.
The form I've been growing for the past few decades is actually referred
to as Dodecatheon meadia Alba. It's a pure white form and just so
happens to be wonderfully fragrant. From a basal rosette, when there's
not much else going on in the garden, multiple, sturdy, wiry stems emerge
and shoot skyward to 24" tall. Seemingly overnight, clusters of
upright buds, each on its own wiry little stem, appear. As these swelling
buds age, they slowly turn downwards and open to create delightfully,
unusually shaped pendulous flowers that "hang around" for quite
The pollinated flowers set copious amounts of seed and before you know
it, you'll have your own natural colony of Shooting Stars.
Being a woodland plant, they naturally occur in the shade, but can easily
handle sun as there really are no leaves on the trees in the early time
of Spring that these guys are up and out. Dodecatheon meadia
doesn't appear to be too concerned about soil type or texture, pH or
And as an added benefit, as with other members of this family such as
Primroses, the deer pay them no mind.
OH! I almost forgot to tell you what really cool cut flowers they
Pretty versatile plant, huh?
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