May 10 2009

May Flowers: Shooting Star

Published by at 9:56 am under Phenology,Plants

Shooting Star, Independence Marsh (photo by Dianne Machesney)

Here’s an unusual flower: the Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia). Its white flowers point downward like stars with streamers, hence its name. To see a close-up of the flowers, click on the link.

Shooting Star blooms in May but you’ll have to look for it quickly. The plants dies back in the summer.

(photo by Dianne Machesney)

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  1. Spence Greenwayon 13 Dec 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I had these in my garden for a couple of years but they weren’t white but magenta. I’d rather have the white or lilac colored varieties seeing as over here in the west we have LOTS of the magenta and pink that flourish all over the meadows and hillsides. Still very beautiful but I would love to have some white ones hanging around our nurseriesx)

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