Shooting Star Plant
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Shooting Star Plant, Primula Sect. Dodecatheon Is Known For Its Exciting Display Of Pastel-Colored Flowers
The shooting star, known formally as the Primula Dodecatheon, is a section of herbaceous flowering plants in the Primrose family. Formerly considered in a separate genus, Dodecatheon, this species contains basal clumps of leaves and nodding flowers produced atop tall stems rising from where the leaves join the crown. Primarily confined to North America and part of northeastern Siberia, gardeners cultivate several species in their gardens for their showy and unique flower displays. One such example is the common shooting star plant, which is native to valleys and mountainsides, and it grows in the wild in low elevation areas in spring or summer, where consistent moisture is available.
The shooting star plant grows from two to sixteen inches tall and blooms mid-spring from May to June, forming rosettes of long narrow leaves and singular slender stems. Its flowers hang in umbels from the branches, ranging from white to bright pink, and its petals grow backward, away from the plant's reproductive organs, dangling down from the center from pale yellow and pink to soft purple. Some ideal color combinations are blue to purple, yellow to orange, or pink to red. Harvesting of seeds may require stratification in which one would put them in the refrigerator for about ninety days before planting the seeds outside in spring, on a prepared bed under full sun to partial shade.
Shooting Star Plant- Primula Sect. Dodecatheon Is Known For Its Impressive Flower Displays, But Only In Certain Conditions
This wildflower prefers moist areas in a native garden, such as any nearby water features. The shooting star plant only blooms from late May to early June. Still, it compensates with unusual-looking blooms that serve as precursors of the growing season, adding exciting foliage and texture for the natural garden. While shooting star care is minimal once established, this plant provides one of the most impressive flower displays if the stems are cut back in spring, as the best flowers are produced in the third year before flowering diminishes. You can plant these flowers under canopies of deciduous trees that provide dappled light in the spring. They prefer well-draining or sandy loam, and occasionally clay soils and accumulated leaf mold. Shooting star plants thrive in mild spring temperatures and gentle spring rains, experiencing dormancy during the summer; they do not need fertilizer either, as they can thrive in native soils without the need for additional nitrogen. But on occasions wherein the soil is poor, you can treat them with a shovelful of compost while they actively grow.