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Dodecatheon clevelandii (Padre's Shooting Star)

Padre's Shooting Star, Padre's Shootingstar, Primula clevelandii


Dodecatheon clevelandii (Padre's Shooting Star) is an herbaceous perennial boasting umbels of 2-16 brilliant magenta to white flowers, 1 in. long (2 cm), resembling cyclamen blooms. Each delicate flower has 4-5 swept-back petals adorned with a white collar at their base and a yellow ring, under which five stamens join to form a downward-pointing beak. Blooming in winter to mid spring, the charming blossoms are borne on upright, leafless, flower scapes that rise from a basal rosette of broad, rounded, light-green leaves. The entire plant dies down by midsummer, but it comes back with the rains. Padre's Shooting Star is one of the most beautiful spring wildflowers. A colony of these plants in bloom is a sight to behold. A delightful addition to any garden.

  • Grows up to 12 in. tall (30 cm) and 4 in. wide (10 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in nutrient-rich, well-drained soils. Tolerates clay soils. Needs moisture during the growing season and dry conditions when dormant in summer.
  • Excellent choice for beds and borders, underplanting shrubs and roses, cottage gardens, woodland gardens or rock gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails.
  • Propagate by root division or seed. Plant seeds preferably in fall. Seedlings take four or more years to mature and flower. Rootstocks should be divided in fall, making sure each piece has as least one bud.
  • Native to California and Baja California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dodecatheon - Shooting Stars
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Winter
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 3" – 4" (7cm – 10cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Clay Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dodecatheon - Shooting Stars
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Winter
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 3" – 4" (7cm – 10cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Clay Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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