Botanical Name: Dodecatheon meadia
Height: about 30 cm
Season of bloom: May
Growing Conditions: Full sun. Likes plenty of moisture in the spring. The plant dies back during summer droughts. Does not compete well with taller plants. A great plant for rock gardens.
Wildlife benefits: Pollinated by ‘buzz pollination’; the early flowers are visited by hungry queen bumblebees.
From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: No. Present in Canada in Manitoba, more widely distributed in the US.
Remarks: Shooting Stars are the emblem of the North American Rock Garden Society. Slow to get going from seeds.
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