Dodecatheon hendersonii (Henderson's Shooting Star)


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Plant Description: This bulb producing perennial begins in late winter with thick, spoon shaped leaves at the base of the plant. Showy flowers appear in early spring on top of a tall 12 in (30 cm) leafless flower stalk. Flowers are inside out with petals magenta to deep lavender to white, with a white strip before the black fertile part. It is summer deciduous, dying back to the ground after the rains cease. 

  • Height: 5-16 in
  • Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Needs: Well-drained soil
  • Bloom Time: February - May 

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This native plant is found west of the Cascades in open, dry-to-moist woods and in grassy shady areas below 6500 ft (2000 m). It needs good drainage and a dry summer period. This plant attracts beneficial insects. 

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