Shooting Star Watering Guide: How To Water A Shooting Star Plant

Shooting Star Watering Guide: How To Water A Shooting Star Plant

By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Whether you’re thinking of growing shooting star plants (Dodecatheon) in the garden or you already have some in the landscape, watering a shooting star properly is an important aspect to consider. Keep reading for information on the watering needs for this plant.

Shooting Star Water Needs

This herbaceous perennial with showy, uplifted blooms grows in the woodlands. It is native to Missouri, but spreads throughout much of the forest of the Central and North Eastern states. This plant grows as far west as Arizona, south to Mexico and north to Alaska. The shooting star plant also grows in the Pacific Northwest. As it is accustomed to growing in the shade on the forest floor, it is watered by rain.

Shooting star water needs in the garden should mimic this rainfall, which will vary depending on its growing conditions and location. Therefore, shooting star watering should be similar to rainfall in your area. The plant is adaptable, but generally likes to be in moist soil.

The plant sometimes grows in moist soils, sometimes wet, and along streams and rivers, so you’ll find it adaptable to a number of places in your garden. If you’re fortunate enough to have these plants in your landscape, keep an eye on their growth and let this be your guide.

How to Water a Shooting Star Plant

Several varieties of this plant grow in different areas, leading to a range of watering needs for shooting star. About 14 species grow in various areas of the U.S. There is even a type that grows in Siberia. The dark-throated types need well-drained alkaline soils and can take more sun than other types that grow in the eastern forests.

If you’re just starting out, this plant will tolerate clay soil but grows best if it is first amended. Grow this specimen in a mostly shady area such as under trees or in a woodland garden area. Filtered sunlight through the branches along with moist soil preceding its late spring bloom ensures the best flowers on your shooting star.

Grow shooting star with plants that have similar watering needs. For instance, plant in the Primula family and hosta are attractive companions.

When planting shooting star, either in spring or fall, keep the soil moist for about six weeks. Otherwise, foliage of these plants goes dormant following the bloom period. During this time of dormancy, watering a shooting star is not necessary. Use a layer of mulch to help keep the soil moist.

A good soaking during and after a summer drought encourages roots to take in necessary nutrients.

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Shooting Star

A North American native, shooting star joins other woodland wildflowers like bluebells and trillium to ring in spring. Shooting star sends up a tall, leafless flower stalk that soon reveals white to pink star-shape flowers with recurved petals. The dramatic flower stalk and cluster of pendulous flowers makes shooting star a star of the spring woodland garden. Tricky to get started, this spring ephemeral is worth the effort of selecting the just-right planting site and improving soil with well-decomposed compost if needed.

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height : 2 to 4 feet
Plant Spread : 1 to 2 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

Plant Events from our members
piksihk On May 20, 2017 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
didn't come back from freeze
piksihk On October 19, 2016 Potted up
piksihk On April 16, 2015 Plant emerged
piksihk On August 1, 2014 Bloomed
piksihk On July 1, 2014 Transplanted
front bed
wilmarosebud On May 19, 2018 Obtained plant
I inherited this plant because the owner thought it didn't bloom. I repotted it, gave it TLC, and it appears to be thriving. I do notice a white sticky residue and I saw a bug on it (which I flicked off after taking a photo of it). I have sprayed it a couple of times with insect killer, so we'll see.
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Dodecatheon, Shooting Star 'Red Wings'


Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

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USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

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Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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Propagation Methods:

From seed direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant break open to collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

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