Primula (Dodecatheon) hendersonii

Henderson's shooting star

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize
Height X Width: 1' X 1'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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Shooting stars are one of California's most ornate wildflowers. From late winter through spring they brighten trail sides with tightly bunched lavender flowers rising above prostrate leaves. Shooting stars are so named for their swept back flower petals trailing behind each flower like little comet tails. In the garden shooting stars need a well-draining site in full sun to partial shade. They will go entirely dormant (no above ground growth) in the late spring. No water should be given during this period. Shooting stars are a great candidate for a small pot, since this allows them to be placed in a prominent place during bloom, and then put away in a cool dry spot during dormancy. When happy, shooting stars will form a patch that expands year by year. A SF Bay Area native.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous