shooting star ‘Aphrodite’

Dodecatheon ‘Aphrodite’ (shooting star) are pointy, rocket shaped flowers emerge on multiple six inch stems above a rosette of soft leaves. In area prairies you will find the bloom is typically white and sometimes pale pink. These sweet flowers were called prairie pointers, by the early settlers of the Midwest.

A nice close-up picture will reveal colorful detail around this flower’s corolla. While you’re near, be sure to smell this little bloom’s grape sent. This cultivar bears magenta blooms that often seed to other the same color or a slightly paler pink color. We allow both the seeded and the original, long lived plants to fill-in anywhere they please all along the entire south end of the garden. They are pollinated by queen bumblebees, our favorite fuzzy insect in April as they fly around looking for food from flowers as well as a place to lay eggs in our garden beds, which intentionally are left with the debris from last year’s plants, to provide habitat for growing colonies of native bumble bees.

Botanical Name Dodecatheon ‘Aphrodite’
Common Name shooting star ‘Aphrodite’
Family Primulaceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest Spring
Height and Spread
18-20in x 10-12in (45-50cm x 25-30cm)
Flower Color Pink, Red
Attracts Wildlife Pollinators
Additional Information
Cultivated Form of a Plant Native to the Chicago Region
Location in Lurie Garden West Meadow, East Meadow