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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, Padre's Shootingstar, Primula clevelandii, California Native Perennial, California Native plants, Purple Flowers
Dodecatheon clevelandii, Padre's Shooting Star, Padre's Shootingstar, Primula clevelandii, California Native Perennial, California Native plants, Purple Flowers
Dodecatheon clevelandii, Padre's Shooting Star, Padre's Shootingstar, Primula clevelandii, California Native Perennial, California Native plants, Purple Flowers
Dodecatheon clevelandii, Padre's Shooting Star, Padre's Shootingstar, Primula clevelandii, California Native Perennial, California Native plants, Purple Flowers
dodecatheon clevelandii

Dodecatheon clevelandii (Padre’s Shooting Star) is a clump-forming 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 from 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 at least one bud.
  • Native to California and Baja California.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 11
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primulaceae
Genus Dodecatheon
Common names Shooting Star
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Winter
Height 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spread 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs 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 Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Dodecatheon jeffreyi (Sierra Shooting Star)
Dodecatheon meadia (Shooting Star)
Dodecatheon hendersonii (Californian Cyclamen)
Dodecatheon pulchellum (Dark Throat Shooting Star)

Recommended Companion Plants

Sidalcea malviflora (Checker Bloom)
Dichelostemma capitatum (Blue Dicks)
Ranunculus californicus (California Buttercup)

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 11
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Primulaceae
Genus Dodecatheon
Common names Shooting Star
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Winter
Height 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spread 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs 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 Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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