Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina

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  • Product Info

    Midland Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia)
    Primrose Family
    Basal rosettes emerge in early spring followed soon after by a maroon flowering stalk with 8-20 white flowers. Each flower has strongly reflexed petals surrounding the reproductive parts, giving the appearance of a shooting star. Shooting Star will be happier in more shade, but will tolerate 5-6 hours of sun as long as it has consistent spring moisture. The entire plant will go dormant by mid-summer. It will spread slowly by forming more basal rosettes as long as it does not get out-competed by more dominant plants.
    Blooms: White, 2-4 weeks, March-April
    Leaves: Pale green, 4-10”, broadly lanceolate, smooth, simple 
    Height: 12-18”
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Average-wet, rich soil
    Exposure: Part sun to light shade
    Fauna: Produces only pollen, bumblebees visit often
    Seeds: ⅓” brown capsule with tiny brown seeds
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 4-8
    Native Status: NC native, uncommon in the Piedmont and Mountains
    Provenance: Unknown, asexually and seed grown