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Dodecatheon meadia

a.k.a. Midland Shooting Star, Prairie Shooting Star

Midland Shooting Star is an early spring ephemeral that goes dormant by mid-summer. State Endangered species and a rare species in the wild.

USDA symbol: DOME

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1 foot
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun
Soil MoistureMedium
Bloom ColorWhite
Shooting-Star (Shooting-Star<div><em class="small">Dodecatheon meadia</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceHigh
General Resilience3
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsMay to June
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Supports Specialists

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden
Coefficient of Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland