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Dodecatheon pulchellum subsp. pulchellum Red Wings

American Cowslip

Increasingly popular cousin of cyclamen

Price 1 Litre Pots £3.99 Each - 3 for £10

A charming woodland plant which makes a clump of soft, pale green leaves, from which attractive magenta-pink flowers emerge. With their swept back appearance they look a little like a cyclamen. A real treasures for a spring garden.


Best in a sheltered, shady spot, use at the font of a border or in a container.


Best in a fertile, free draining soil that does not dry out in summer. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - homemade garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. The leaves will naturally die back once flowering is finished.

The latin name Dodecatheon comes from the Greek for twelve gods and was a name originally coined by Pliny to describe a spring flower.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 15 cm - 20 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 15 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds


Typically available

From April to September