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Shooting Star

Dodecatheon meadia Blooms in spring and fades from the scene



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Dodecatheon meadia, commonly called Shooting Star, is a unique perennial forb native to the eastern United States. It typically grows well in open woodlands and glades, rocky wooded slopes, bluff ledges, meadows, and prairies. It prefers shade but will tolerate a variety of conditions as long as the soil is evenly moist.

Wildlife notes

Queen bumblebees are the most typical visitors of the oddly shaped flowers. They obtain pollen from the flowers by the rapid vibration of their thoracic muscles, which is sometimes called ‘buzz pollination.’ Other bees visiting the flowers are Anthophorine bees, long-horned bees, and green metallic bees. All of these insects collect pollen, as the flowers offer no nectar reward. Mammalian herbivores may feed on the foliage during the spring, but little information is available about this.


Forage notes

No information currently available.

Landscaping notes

Best grown in evenly moist, humusy, well-drained soil in part shade. Will tolerate a range of sun conditions including full shade and full sun as long as evenly moist, well-draining soils are provided. Avoid poorly-drained, wet soils, particularly in winter. Best grown in shady areas in a native plant or wildflower garden, woodland garden, rock garden or naturalized area.

Restoration notes

This plant is occasional to locally common in high quality habitats, otherwise it is rare or absent. Habitats include moist to slightly dry black soil prairies, hill prairies, openings in rocky upland forests, limestone glades, bluffs along major rivers, fens, and abandoned fields. An occasional wildfire during the late summer or fall is beneficial because it reduces the dead vegetation that can smother this plant during the spring.

This species is commonly used in the following mixes: Prairie Patchwork, Dry’n Rocky Mix

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Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

1.5 bulk lbs/acre


Dry, Average



Bloom Month




Specialty Uses


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.