Dodecatheon meadia

Common name: Shooting Star

Native plant

"Shooting Star” is a great choice of a common name for an uncommon plant. Blooming mid April through the end of June in the Chicago area, the dainty pink, lilac, or white blooms are borne on 9" to 15" stalks above the leaves. The flowers have petals that are bent backwards to look like a "shooting star." Grows in moist, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 2
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Moist Woods, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

White / Pink

Fall color



Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
6 Inches
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
1 Feet

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