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Dodecatheon jeffreyi (Sierra Shooting Star)

Sierra Shooting Star, Tall Mountain Shooting Star, Sierra Shootingstar, Tall Mountain Shootingstar


Dodecatheon jeffreyi (Sierra Shooting Star) is an herbaceous perennial boasting large umbels of 3-18 nodding, rose-purple 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 in late spring to early summer, the charming blossoms are borne on upright, leafless, flower scapes that rise from a basal rosette of long, rounded leaves. The entire plant usually goes completely dormant and disappears by mid summer. Sierra Shooting Star is one of the most beautiful spring wildflowers in the prairie. A colony of these plants in bloom is a sight to behold. A delightful addition to any garden.

  • Grows up to 12-24 in. tall (30-60 cm) and 10-24 in. wide (25-60 cm)
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in neutral to acidic, moist soils. Tolerates constantly moist conditions, such as beside a stream or pond.t.
  • 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.
  • Divide in early spring, or propagate by seed..
  • Native to western North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
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 (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 2' (25cm – 60cm)
Spacing 10" – 24" (25cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams, 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 4 – 9
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 (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 2' (25cm – 60cm)
Spacing 10" – 24" (25cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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