Dodecatheon pulchellum 'Red Wings'
Dodecatheon pulchellum 'Red Wings'
Dodecatheon pulchellum 'Red Wings'
Dodecatheon pulchellum 'Red Wings'
Dodecatheon pulchellum 'Red Wings'
Dodecatheon pulchellum 'Red Wings'
Dodecatheon pulchellum 'Red Wings'
Dodecatheon pulchellum 'Red Wings'
Dodecatheon pulchellum 'Red Wings'

Dodecatheon pulchellum 'Red Wings'

Prairie Shooting Star

Primulaceae

Height

20 - 30 cm

Flower colour

magenta

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

Western USA and Canada

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).

Grows best in well drained, fairly moist soil. Tolerates drought after flowering. ​Leaves wither after flowering
as the plant goes dormant.

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