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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