|Dodecatheon meadia (Midland Shooting Star) Wildflower Seeds Be the first one to write a review|
Origin: US Native Wildflower
Other Common Names: American Cowslip, Indian Chief, Pride of Ohio, Bird's Bills, Prairie Pointer
Bloom Time: Early Spring
Height: 12 in to 24 in
Spacing: 12 in to 15 in
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium
USDA Zone: 4a-7b
Germination: Fall plant or cold stratify at 40F for 1 month for best results. Sow seeds on soil surface at 50F and water.
Seeds Per Oz: 67500
Seventeen species of shooting star are native to North America, including one northern species that migrated across the Bering Strait and now grows in Siberia. They belong to the primrose family, whose genus name Dodecatheon means “twelve gods.” This refers to the ancient belief that twelve deities protected the primrose. Ancient Roman naturalist Pliny gave the name Dodecatheon to the primrose, and Carl Linnaeus used it to name this genus in 1753. The species name “meadia” honors Richard Mead (1673-1754), a botanist and court doctor in the days of English monarch George II.
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