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Dodecatheon meadia L.
Pride-of-Ohio, Roosterheads, Shootingstar, Pride of Ohio, Eastern shooting star
USDA Symbol: dome
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
The leafless flower stalk arises 6-20 in. from bright-green basal leaves. Nodding flowers with strongly-backward pointing petals are in flat-topped clusters. At the top, the stalk divides into arching branches, each terminating in a flower. Petals of the white to deep pink flowers diverge upward to form a star-like pattern.
This flower is often cultivated. Bees, the chief pollinators, must extract pollen from the narrow tube formed by the united stamens and ensconcing the pistil. They do this by vibrating their bodies against the tube, shaking the pollen out. This plant was far more abundant during the days of the prairie settlers, who called it Prairie Pointers. Amethyst Shootingstar (D. amethystinum), with reddish-purple flowers and usually green leaf bases, occurs along bluffs on such rivers as the Mississippi, Susquehanna, and Ohio.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun
, WV Native Distribution:
s. to GA,
& s.e. KS Native Habitat:
Moist, open woods; rocky slopes; dry to wet prairies
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Mesic to dry, rocky or sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Grows best in light sandy soils
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Best propagated by division. Dig mature crowns in the fall, when dormant, then divide and replant. Very fine seed germinates, but seedlings grow very slowly. Sow immediately or stratify over winter.
Seed Collection: Collect in July.
Seed Treatment: Moist or dry stratification, or fresh seed
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2009-11-23
Research By: TWC Staff