Dodecatheon meadia

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Dodecatheon meadia
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Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Dodecatheon
Species: D. meadia
Binomial name
Dodecatheon meadia
L. 1753 not Greene 1888

Dodecatheon meadia is a species of flowering plant in the family Primulaceae, native to North America. It is found in the American South, as well as the Upper Midwest, Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania and the Canadian province of Manitoba. It grows in woods and prairies and tolerates partial shade.

It is commonly known as shooting star, though this name may also refer to other species.

It has white or pink petals which nod from an umbel, protruding from a scape 8–20 in (203–508 mm). It flowers in the spring.


Dodecatheon meadia 'Goliath' is a cultivar that grows larger flowers on taller scapes. White flowering forms can occasionally be found in the wild.[1]

The white-flowered form D. meadia f. album has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[2]


  1. ^ Steiner, Lynn M. 2006. Landscaping with native plants of Michigan. St. Paul, MN: MBI Pub. Co. Page 82.
  2. ^ "Dodecatheon meadia f. album". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 

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