Description: White flowers with reflexed petals are borne in clusters that rise on slender stems from a basal rosette of lance-shaped leaves
Habit: Grows 10 to 14 inches high in clusters up to 12 inches wide; goes dormant after spring bloom
Culture: Prefers partial to full shade and rich, moist soil
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA zones 4 through 9
Origin: Eastern United States
This showy native can be found in open woodland, prairies, meadows, and on rocky slopes in the eastern United States. Introduced into European gardens as early as 1704, Philadelphia nurseryman and explorer John Bartram described this species of Dodecatheon in 1784. The white version was offered, along with several in shades of purple, by Long Island’s Prince Nursery in 1857. Writing in Vick’s Monthly Magazine in 1878, E.S.S. commented: “The first impression on looking at them is that they are laughing at you.”
This plant will ship bare root. Grade: #1 zone3,zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. you'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.