1. The Botanical Magazine
  2. The Botanical Magazine, Volume I

Dodecatheon Meadia

Mead's Dodecatheon or American Cowslip
Class and Order
Pentandria Monogynia
Generic Character
Corolla rotata, reflexa. Stamina tubo insidentia. Capsula unilocularis, oblonga.
Specific Character and Synonyms
DODECATHEON Meadia. Lin. Syst. Vegetab. p. 163. Sp. Plant. p. 163
MEADIA Catesb. Car. 3. p. 1. t. 1. Trew. Ehret. t. 12
AURICULA ursi virginiana floribus boraginis instar rostratis, cyclaminum more reflexis. Pluk. alm. 62. t. 79. f. 6.

This plant grows spontaneously in Virginia and other parts of North America, from whence, as Miller informs us, it was sent by Mr. Banister to Dr. Compton, Lord Bishop of London, in whose curious garden he first saw it growing in the year 1709.

It is figured by Mr. Catesby, in his Natural History of Carolina, among the natural productions of that country, who bestowed on it the name of Meadia, in honour of the late Dr. Mead, a name which Linnæus has not thought proper to adopt as a generic, though he has as a trivial one."It flowers the beginning of May, and the seeds ripen in July, soon after which the stalks and leaves decay, so that the roots remain inactive till the following spring.

12Dodecatheon Meadia
Dodecatheon Meadia
Mead's Dodecatheon or American Cowslip