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Primula meadia

Previously known as:

  • Dodecatheon meadia
Phonetic Spelling
PRIM-yew-luh MEE-dee-ah
Description

Shooting Star is a native North American wildflower that forms a low rosette of rounded leaves. It the spring long red or green stems emerge with several unusual blooms in a shooting star-like appearance. They grow best in moist, humusy well-drained soil in part shade. Avoid poorly drained sites. By mid-summer, the foliage disappears and the plant goes dormant. Use in a woodland garden, on a slope or in a rock garden.

 

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Tags:
#bees#purple#white#deciduous#partial shade#white flowers#purple flowers#pink flowers#meadow#NC native#native garden#dainty#cliffs#exotic looking#spring interest#wildflower garden#food source spring#food source nectar#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains FACU#Coastal FACU#audubon#woodlands
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#purple#white#deciduous#partial shade#white flowers#purple flowers#pink flowers#meadow#NC native#native garden#dainty#cliffs#exotic looking#spring interest#wildflower garden#food source spring#food source nectar#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains FACU#Coastal FACU#audubon#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Primula
    Species:
    meadia
    Family:
    Primulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Central Canada to Central & East U.S.A
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , DC , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Spring
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit displays from May to June.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    The 1 in. flower has five lilac, pink or white petals, which point sharply backward. The stamens form a beak-like cone in the center giving it a shooting star look. Flowers are arranged in an umbel of 8-20 and nod from the end of a leafless 6-20 inch flower stalk. Flowers bloom from March to June.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    A basal cluster 3-10 in. long green leaves with leaf bases often marked with red.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Tall leafless red or green stalk
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees