Eastern Shooting Star

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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