Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Dodecatheon meadia L. subsp. meadia image
Photographer: Paul Drobot           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Arthur Meeks

Hugh H. Iltis

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Robert H. Read
Family Primulaceae
Dodecatheon meadia L. subsp. meadia
eastern shooting-star, pride-of-Ohio
Dodecatheon: from Greek dodeka, "twelve;" thios, "god(s)." One source implies it was considered to be powerful medicine and under the care of the twelve leading gods, and another suggests that because the flowers sometimes appear in clusters of twelve
meadia: for Dr. Richard Mead (1673-1754), English physician
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 8"-24" tall, smooth forb
Flower: pink to white, 5-parted, 3/4"-1" long, petals facing backward and upward from flower center; inflorescence an umbel of nodding, long-stalked flowers on a 8"-24" tall stalk; blooms April-June
Fruit:dark red/brown capsule, thick-walled, less than 3 times long as wide, not splitting at the base
Leaf:oblong, basal, often with a reddish base
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to wet; woods, prairies; in sandy, loamy, clay-like soil
Notes: very similar to D. amethystinum except for the capsule and habitat
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Dodecatheon hugeri Small
Dodecatheon meadia L. f. sedens Fassett
Dodecatheon meadia L. var. genuinum Fassett
Dodecatheon meadia L. var. meadia
Dodecatheon meadia L. var. obesum Fassett
Dodecatheon meadia L. var. stanfieldii (Small) Fassett
Dodecatheon pauciflorum Greene
Dodecatheon pulchellum Raf. subsp. pauciflorum (Greene) Hultén
Dodecatheon stanfieldii Small

         
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