- Liatris species Hardy Planting Zones- 5-9 Sun or Shade – Full sun Mature Height - 12-48" Mature Width- 24" Bloom Season – late Summer (July-September) Gardener Status- Beginner
Shooting Star - Dodecatheon meadia
The Shooting Star wildflower is a common perennial plant of the Primrose family, found in the prairies and wetlands of North America. They bloom in mid Spring from May to June and can thrive anywhere in the United States, but do exceptionally well in Hardiness zones 4,5,6,7 and 8. The Shooting Star has a long narrow, singular stem with flowers from white to bright pink that hang down while the petals grow backward and up, away from the center flower, creating a shape similar to a badminton birdie. When the flower is fully bloomed, the petals flare back, resembling a shooting star. The leaves can range from pale yellow, pink or soft purple. With a mature height of 10 to 12 inches, the overall look is unique and exotic. These flowers are low maintenance and work well in any garden. They tend to grow very slowly, so be patient. They primarily fit near a water feature since they thrive most in moist soil but will also do well in drier soil with some extra watering. If you tend to have acidic soil, some dolomitic lime in the fall will help. They will disappear and go dormant by midsummer and are best left alone afterward. They are an excellent cut flower and look gorgeous in Spring bouquets. These plants can be magnets for deer and elk who like to dine on the young plants in early Spring so that some minimal protection may be necessary for gardens with access to wild animals. Moth and butterfly larvae can also be a problem, so be sure to keep debris and old plants cleared of the area where these pests like to hide and put mulch down on the base of established plants to prevent damage. With minimal work, these beautiful flowers can be a great addition to any landscape.