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Aphrodite Shooting Star

Dodecatheon 'Aphrodite'

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Aphrodite Shooting Star (Dodecatheon 'Aphrodite') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Aphrodite Shooting Star flowers

Aphrodite Shooting Star flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Aphrodite Shooting Star (Dodecatheon 'Aphrodite') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Aphrodite Shooting Star in bloom

Aphrodite Shooting Star in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Giant Shooting Star


Amazing dark-pink and yellow flowers that resemble a shooting star or a rocket; the flower is larger than the species; great for moist, well-drained sites

Ornamental Features

Aphrodite Shooting Star features showy nodding fuchsia recurved flowers with yellow centers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. Its narrow leaves remain light green in colour throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Aphrodite Shooting Star is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aphrodite Shooting Star is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Aphrodite Shooting Star will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen! As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden 
Ornamental Features