Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Shade Plant of the Week - Shooting Star

Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia) is a native perennial in the primrose family.  The plant itself and the flowers are very small, so if you plant this one you'll want to put it somewhere you can actually admire it.  The leaves form a small mound that resembles many weeds in the garden.  I think I actually pulled it one year thinking it was a weed.  Mine receives sun in the spring before my trees leaf out, and then it receives part shade for the rest of the summer.

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