Dodecatheon dentatum
Dodecatheon dentatum
Dodecatheon dentatum
Dodecatheon dentatum
Dodecatheon dentatum

Dodecatheon dentatum

White Shooting Star

Primulaceae

Height

20 - 25 cm

Flower colour

white

Flowering time

June

Foliage colour

green

Sunlight

sun - partial shade

Soil

evenly moist, well drained, humus rich

pH

acid - neutral - alkaline

Hardiness

hardy

Plant range

NW Pacific coast of America

Dodecatheon, is a small genus of similar species in the primrose family, Primulaceae, closely related to primroses, Primula.  The species are all very similar and difficult to identify. All are native to N-America and some also to NE-Asia.  They have a basal clump of leaves and the flowers have distinctive sepals that are twisted backwards. They need moist, fertile soil and can tolerate some shade.

Propagation:


Division in spring.


Seed – needs cold stratification, best sown in September - November.

Seed just covered and stored at 20°C (68°F) for 6 weeks. If some seeds germinate, the seedlings should be transplanted and then the seed tray should be stored outside until spring. Germination can be slow, it could germinate a year later so the seed should not be discarded prematurely. Optimum germination temperature is 5-12°C (40-55°F).

Needs evenly moist soil, not drought tolerant.

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