Herbaceous, North American, spring-blooming perennial
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 Zone 4
Origin: North America
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 1783. 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".
Arrives in a 1 quart pot.