Type of Shooting Star Flowers – Dodecatheon Species

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Dodecatheon meadia or the shooting starflower is a native perennial wildflower. Pentas or Starflowers are known as starflowers as they have star cluster formation and are named so for the shape of their clusters of five-petaled flowers.

Basics about Dodecatheon meadia

Botanically known as Dodecatheon meadia, these flower species are native to North American regions. Shooting starflowers are a group of herbaceous perennials in the primula family (Primulaceae). There are more than a dozen species, in the Dodecatheon genus, from which Dodecatheon meadia is widely common.

Dodecatheons flourish during spring. They are inactive or die while the harsh and hot summers thus returning to their roots. It forms basal clumps of lance-shaped leaves. Around 20 inches of flower stalks then emerge from the base clumps which then bear clusters of 1 inch of white, pink, and purple flowers, which we know as shooting stars.

How are Dodecatheon planted?

Dodecatheon is planted in the moist soil of loam, clay, or sand within an acidic, alkaline, or neutral PH Balance. Dodecatheons are sited in an area that is close to moisture-retaining soil like a pond or any water feature. This plant needs ample water, and part sun and part shade. Planting any Dodecatheon is as simple as planting any other plant. One can plant this just by digging a hole that is as wide and deep as the root ball of the plant so that it can grow with stability, needs a good amount of water after planting so that it can settle in the pot or the garden space.

How much care do Dodecatheons require?

Dodecatheons can be enjoyed and adored during their full glory during the spring. They become dormant or die while the harsh and hot summers thus returning to their roots. Dodecatheons require mild temperatures and wet or moist soil to grow again, hence spring is a more feasible time for them to bloom again.

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A site with partial sun is ideal for shooting star plants. These plants can be planted under the shade of deciduous trees while summers so they can flourish during spring. Deciduous trees protect the plant from the harsh light of the sun. In colder regions, these plants can tolerate full sun, but usually, shade is more suitable for these plants in warmer or hot regions.

A few more details about the Dodecatheons are described below,

Common NameShooting Star, Shooting Star Flower, Prairie Pointers, ShootingStar Plants
Botanical NameDodecatheon meadia, Pentas or Primula meadia
Moisture/WaterMoist soil of loam, clay, or sand requires ample water
Flowering/NonfloweringFlowering
Flower colourWhite, Pink, or Lavender
SpecialtiesEasy to grow and maintain. Aesthetic-looking flowers. Eye appealing look. It has a wide natural habitat thus being in both forests and prairies.
Height9″ to 20″ at maturity
Sun ExposurePartial sun exposure
Flowering SeasonSpring
Hardiness (The ability to endure difficult weather conditions)Fully hardy
Common

A few types of Shooting Star Flowers – Dodecatheon Species

Usually, the pure species of Dodecatheon is found in the Lavender shade, but white-flowered species are quite famous too.

Goliath Shooting Stars

Common NameShooting Star, Shooting Star Flower, Shooting Star Plants
Botanical NameDodecatheon meadia or Primula meadia
Moisture/WaterMoist soil of loam, clay, or sand requires ample water
Flowering/NonfloweringFlowering
Flower colourLavender
SpecialtiesEasy to grow and maintain. Aesthetic-looking flowers. Eye appealing look. It has a wide natural habitat thus being in both forests and prairies. Rocket or Star-shaped flowers of beautiful lavender shade.
Height10″ to 27″ at maturity
Sun ExposurePartial sun exposure
Flowering SeasonMid to late Spring
Hardiness (The ability to endure difficult weather conditions)Fully hardy

White Shooting Star

Common NameToothed American Cowslip, White Shooting Star
Botanical NameDodecatheon dentatum
Moisture/WaterMoist soil of loam, clay, or sand requires ample water
Flowering/NonfloweringFlowering
Flower colourWhite, Pink, or Lavender
SpecialtiesEasy to grow and maintain. Aesthetic-looking flowers. Eye appealing look. It has a wide natural habitat thus being in both forests and prairies. Good for Pollination. Beautiful ornamental flowers that consist of 1-12 flowers with 5 lobes.
Height9″ to 27″ at maturity
Sun ExposurePartial sun exposure
Flowering SeasonSpring
Hardiness (The ability to endure difficult weather conditions)Fully hardy
NativeNative to regions of Arizona, Idaho, Utah, British Columbia, and Oregon.

Alpine Shooting Star

Common NameAlpine Shooting Star, Shooting Star Flower
Botanical NameDodecatheon alpinum
Moisture/WaterMoist soil of loam, clay, or sand prefers aquatic regions
Flowering/NonfloweringFlowering
Flower colourLight Pink or Lavender


SpecialtiesEasy to grow and maintain. Aesthetic-looking flowers. Eye appealing look. The flowers bloom with its mouth in the direction of the ground while it is a young sapling, but it becomes erect as it matures.
Height9″ to 20″ at maturity
Sun ExposurePartial sun exposure
Flowering MonthsJune to August
Hardiness (The ability to endure difficult weather conditions)Fully hardy
NativeNative to regions of Arizona, Utah, California, and Oregon.
Angie Scott

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