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Shooting star

Dodecatheon meadia

Shooting star is aptly named, and the gorgeous, complex structure of the flower will have you marveling at how innovative nature can be. This intriguing little woodland native is a great choice for naturalistic shade gardens, those under a cluster of trees with lots of other shade lovers in a backyard or along the edge of a woods. Growing wild in much of eastern North America, shooting star gets its name from its five back-swept petals that give the flower the appearance of a shooting star plummeting from the sky.

It's a spring bloomer and the foliage dies back as the season progresses, so it's best suited to naturalized areas, such as a woodland or wildflower garden, where the fading foliage can blend in.


Part Sun, Shade



From 6 inches to 3 feet


8-12 inches wide

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