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Primula meadia [= Dodecatheon meadia]

Eastern Shooting Star, Pride of Ohio, Roosterheads, Prairie Pointers

Scientific Name:

Primula meadia [= Dodecatheon meadia]

Genus:

Primula

Species Epithet:

meadia

Common Name:

Eastern Shooting Star, Pride of Ohio, Roosterheads, Prairie Pointers

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Primulaceae (Primrose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

“Rich forests, woodlands, and rock outcrops (primarily calcareous or mafic), especially with nutrient-rich seepage” (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Mountains and Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Assigned

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled, S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

Notes:

NC Natural Heritage Program NC Rank: S2S3

New Bloom Shoots

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Black Mountain, late April 2002
© MB Baumeister

Bloom & Buds

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Black Mountain, May 2002
© MB Baumeister

Blooms

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Black Mountain, May 2002
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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