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Dodecatheon meadia - Shooting Star (photo credit: Missouri Botanical Garden)


Dodecatheon meadia

Shooting Star

Dodecatheon meadia, commonly called shooting star, is a much beloved, native Missouri wildflower that is indigenous to much of the eastern United States and typically occurs in open woods and glades, rocky wooded slopes, bluff ledges, meadows and prairies. From each basal rosette leaves come 1-4 sturdy, leafless, center flower scapes rising to 20" tall. Each flower scape contains 8-20, nodding, 1" long flowers. Each flower has five swept-back petals and a cluster of yellow stamens converging to a point, thus giving the flower the appearance of a shooting star.

Flower colors are quite variable, ranging from white to pink to light purple. Blooms in late spring. Best grown in shady areas in a native plant or wildflower garden, woodland garden, rock garden or naturalized area. 

Shooting Star Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Best grown in evenly moist, 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. 


8-18 in



8-12 in


Hardiness Zone:

4 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Dodecatheon meadia

Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Attracts Wildlife
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Clay Soil
Rock Garden
Border or Bed
Mass Planting
Great Companion Plants for Dodecatheon meadia
False Spirea False Spirea (Astilbe x japonica 'Deutschland')
Blue Sedge Blue Sedge (Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger')
Golden Japanese Spikenard Golden Japanese Spikenard (Aralia cordata 'Sun King')
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Spellbound')
Japanese Painted Fern Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum')
Brunnera Brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost')