AMETHYST SHOOTING STAR Dodecatheon amethystinum
Unique pink-anethyst flowers are produced in spring. Traditionally this plant is a bright woodland or alpine perennial, living around rocky areas. This plant grows the quickest during spring and fall, when temperatures are cool. Plants do well when placed under deciduous tree that allow sun in the spring, before the leaves emerge, and then provide through the summer heat. Plants are very hardy!
Location: Sun or part
Hardiness zones: 3-7
Bloom time: Spring
Seed size: Small
Seeds per pack: 30
Germination: As with many perennial seeds, these seeds require a period of moist cold to help them break dormancy. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 4-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout a few weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period.