Dodecatheon meadia description
Fascinating rose purple ‘comet’ flowers appear in spring.
Foliage disappears in summer, so don’t think it has died and be careful if hoeing the border.
How easy is it to grow:
This has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit . To win this impressive accolade the plants must have outstanding excellence for decorating a garden, be robust, not require highly specialist growing conditions or care and not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease.
Good for the front of a border where it’s not too dry, alpine bed or rockery.
It is easy in most soils, including heavy or clay soils.
Common name: Shooting Star.
The best position in the garden:
Prefers partial shade, but some sunshine is okay where it’s not too dry.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil, also tolerates acidic soil and clay soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, where not too dry.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 30 cm.
Spread 30 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 10 plants per square metre.
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