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Dodecatheon hendersonii (Californian Cyclamen)

Californian Cyclamen, Henderson's Shooting Star, Sailor Caps, Mosquito Bills, Broad-Leaved Shooting Star


Dodecatheon hendersonii (Californian Cyclamen) is a sturdy herbaceous perennial boasting umbels of 3-17 nodding, pale to deep magenta-pink flowers, 1 in. long (2 cm), resembling cyclamen blooms. Each flower has 4-5 swept-back petals and a cluster of prominent dark stamens that appear like wind-blown umbrellas. Blooming from mid spring to early summer, the charming blossoms are borne on upright, leafless, flower scapes that rise from a basal rosette of kidney-shaped, deep green leaves. The entire plant dies down when summer arrives. Dodecatheon hendersonii 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.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 12 in. tall (30 cm) and 3 in. wide (7 cm)
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Avoid poorly-drained, wet soils, particularly in winter. Needs moisture during the growing season and dry conditions when dormant.
  • Excellent choice for beds and borders, underplanting shrubs and roses, cottage gardens, woodland gardens or rock gardens.
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails.
  • Propagate by seed sown as soon as ripe in containers in a coldframe or by division in spring. Seeds need cold exposure for germination.
  • Native to California, Oregon, Washington.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 7
Heat Zones 5 – 7
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dodecatheon - Shooting Stars
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spacing 3" (7cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, 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 5 – 7
Heat Zones 5 – 7
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dodecatheon - Shooting Stars
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spacing 3" (7cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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